- generous in forgiving an insult or injury; free from petty resentfulness or vindictiveness: to be magnanimous toward one's enemies.
- high-minded; noble: a just and magnanimous ruler.
- proceeding from or revealing generosity or nobility of mind, character, etc.: a magnanimous gesture of forgiveness.
Origin of magnanimous
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Examples from the Web for magnanimous
As such, he calls for liberals to be magnanimous, recognize trade-offs, and say that this trade-off was worth it.Let's Just Blame Modernity for the Marriage Crisis
April 1, 2013
This means that an agreement, when it finally emerges, will not be uplifting, elegant, and magnanimous.Last Chance Saloon
January 28, 2013
The opening of the film was exactly as I expected—grand and magnanimous as films like these tend to be.What ‘Lincoln’ Gets Wrong About Black Leaders and the 13th Amendment
December 26, 2012
It was small and self-important rather than big and magnanimous.Hall Monitor Mitt’s Missed Chance
October 17, 2012
But whereas Bezukhov is redeemed by his magnanimous virtures, Soledad is driven mad by the different forces tearing at her.This Week’s Hot Reads: July 9, 2012
July 9, 2012
But then, when it came to a show-down she might not be so magnanimous as she had appeared tonight.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
The magnanimous and intrepid Logan resolved on making an effort to save him.Chronicles of Border Warfare
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She knew, indeed, that he had a magnanimous soul and a kind heart.Doctor Pascal
There was a sting in that thought, too; but he struggled to be magnanimous.The Christian
Do you think the noble and magnanimous Guidobaldo would let you hang?Love-at-Arms
- generous and noble
Word Origin and History for magnanimous
1580s, a back-formation from magnanimity + -ous, or else from Latin magnanimus "highminded," literally "great-souled" (see magnanimity). Related: Magnanimously.