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  1. extremely liberal in giving; very generous.
  2. characterized by great generosity: a munificent bequest.
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Origin of munificent

1575–85; back formation from Latin mūnificentia generosity, munificence, equivalent to mūnific(us) generous (muni-, combining form of mūnus gift + -ficus -fic) + -entia -ence
Related formsmu·nif·i·cence, mu·nif·i·cent·ness, nounmu·nif·i·cent·ly, adverbun·mu·nif·i·cent, adjectiveun·mu·nif·i·cent·ly, adverb
Can be confusedbeneficent munificentmagnificent munificent


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1. See generous.


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  • I paid him over the munificent sum you intrusted to me for him.

    Victor's Triumph

    Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth

  • Joe disposed of that consideration by a munificent wave of the hand.

    David Dunne

    Belle Kanaris Maniates

  • And then he might not choose to accept her munificent offer!

  • We do hear of munificent donations by benevolent millionaires now and then.

  • Poor Gustavo saw a munificent shower of tips vanishing into nothing.


    Jean Webster

British Dictionary definitions for munificent


  1. (of a person) very generous; bountiful
  2. (of a gift) generous; liberal
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Derived Formsmunificence or munificentness, nounmunificently, adverb

Word Origin

C16: back formation from Latin mūnificentia liberality, from mūnificus, from mūnus gift + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for munificent


1580s, back-formation from munificence, or else from Latin munificent-, stem of munificus "bountiful, liberal, generous" (see munificence).

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