[ mag-nif-uh-suhnt ]
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  1. making a splendid appearance or show; of exceptional beauty, size, etc.: a magnificent cathedral; magnificent scenery.

  2. extraordinarily fine; superb: a magnificent opportunity; magnificent weather.

  1. noble; sublime: a magnificent poem.

  2. (usually initial capital letter) (formerly used as a title of some rulers) great; grand: Lorenzo the Magnificent.

  3. lavishly munificent; extravagant: a magnificent inheritance.

Origin of magnificent

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin magnificent-, stem of magnificentior “grander,” comparative of magnificus magnific

synonym study For magnificent

1. Magnificent, gorgeous, splendid, superb are terms of high admiration and all are used informally in weak exaggeration. Something that is magnificent is beautiful, princely, grand, or ostentatious: a magnificent display of paintings; a magnificent view of the harbor. That which is gorgeous moves one to admiration by the richness and (often colorful) variety of its effects: a gorgeous array of handsome gifts. That which is splendid is dazzling or impressive in its brilliance, radiance, or excellence: splendid jewels; a splendid body of scholars. That which is superb is above others in, or is of the highest degree of, excellence, elegance, or (less often, today) grandeur: a superb concert; superb wines.

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Opposites for magnificent

Other words from magnificent

  • mag·nif·i·cent·ly, adverb
  • mag·nif·i·cent·ness, noun
  • su·per·mag·nif·i·cent, adjective
  • su·per·mag·nif·i·cent·ly, adverb

Words that may be confused with magnificent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use magnificent in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for magnificent


/ (mæɡˈnɪfɪsənt) /

  1. splendid or impressive in appearance

  2. superb or very fine

  1. (esp of ideas) noble or elevated

  2. archaic great or exalted in rank or action

Origin of magnificent

C16: from Latin magnificentio more splendid; irregular comparative of magnificus great in deeds; see magnific

Derived forms of magnificent

  • magnificently, adverb
  • magnificentness, noun

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