- extremely liberal in giving; very generous.
- characterized by great generosity: a munificent bequest.
Origin of munificent
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1. See generous.
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Examples from the Web for munificent
We remain a people powerful with ideas and capable of munificent grace.The True State of Our Independence: What Does America Stand For?
July 4, 2012
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
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And then he might not choose to accept her munificent offer!
We do hear of munificent donations by benevolent millionaires now and then.The Lock And Key Library
Poor Gustavo saw a munificent shower of tips vanishing into nothing.Jerry
- (of a person) very generous; bountiful
- (of a gift) generous; liberal
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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