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

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

Synonyms for munificent

Synonym study

1. See generous.

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

Examples from the Web for munificent

Contemporary Examples of munificent

Historical Examples of munificent

  • 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



(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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