[ myoo-nif-uh-suhnt ]
/ myuˈnɪf ə sənt /


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

Nearby words

  1. municipal court,
  2. municipalism,
  3. municipality,
  4. municipalize,
  5. munificence,
  6. munificently,
  7. muniment,
  8. muniment room,
  9. muniments,
  10. munin

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

Synonym study

1. See generous. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for munificent


/ (mjuːˈnɪfɪsənt) /


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

Word Origin for munificent

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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