the quality or state of being magnificent; splendor; grandeur; sublimity: the magnificence of snow-covered mountains; the magnificence of his achievements.
impressiveness of surroundings: the magnificence of Versailles.

Origin of magnificence

1300–50; Middle English < Latin magnificentia, equivalent to magnificent- magnificent + -ia -y3; see -ence

Synonyms for magnificence

Antonyms for magnificence Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for magnificence

Contemporary Examples of magnificence

Historical Examples of magnificence

  • A queen in the magnificence of her courtly surroundings could not have conquered him so quickly.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • In all their magnificence they stalked abroad, lords of the veldt.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • But the visions of Mrs Verloc lacked nobility and magnificence.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • Connal enjoyed Ormond's surprise at the magnificence of his hotel.

  • There may be magnificence in the smashing; but the thing is smashed.

    Alarms and Discursions

    G. K. Chesterton

British Dictionary definitions for magnificence



the quality of being magnificent

Word Origin for magnificence

C14: via French from Latin magnificentia
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Word Origin and History for magnificence

mid-14c., "great-mindedness, courage," from Old French magnificence "splendor, nobility, grandeur," from Latin magnificentia "splendor, munificence," from stem of magnificus "great, elevated, noble, eminent," also "splendid, rich, fine, costly," literally "doing great deeds," from magnus "great" (see magnate) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Meaning "greatness, grandeur, glory" in English is from late 14c. That of "beauty, splendor, wealth" is 15c. As one of the Aristotelian and scholastic virtues, it translates Greek megaloprepeia "liberality of expenditure combined with good taste."

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