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munificent

[ myoo-nif-uh-suhnt ]

adjective

  1. extremely liberal in giving; very generous.

    Synonyms: lavish, bounteous, bountiful

  2. characterized by great generosity:

    a munificent bequest.



munificent

/ mjuːˈnɪfɪsənt /

adjective

  1. (of a person) very generous; bountiful
  2. (of a gift) generous; liberal


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Derived Forms

  • muˈnificently, adverb
  • muˈnificence, noun
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Other Words From

  • mu·nifi·cence mu·nifi·cent·ness noun
  • mu·nifi·cent·ly adverb
  • unmu·nifi·cent adjective
  • unmu·nifi·cent·ly adverb
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Word History and Origins

Origin of munificent1

First recorded in 1565–75; back formation from munificence or from Latin mūnificentia “generosity, bountifulness,” equivalent to mūnific(us) “generous, bountiful” ( muni-, combining form of mūnus “service, duty, gift” + -ficus -fic ) + -entia -ence
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Word History and Origins

Origin of munificent1

C16: back formation from Latin mūnificentia liberality, from mūnificus, from mūnus gift + facere to make
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Example Sentences

Many critics feel that Pakistan has historically extended a munificent hand by hosting waves of refugees since the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, only to be greeted with refugees who they claim are linked to criminality or terrorism.

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We remain a people powerful with ideas and capable of munificent grace.

It has been similarly munificent with Brian Moynihan, who took over the company at the start of 2010.

He was distinguished for personal courage, as well as taste for elegance and splendor, whence he was called the munificent.

I cannot allow this opportunity to pass without expressing my thanks, as a citizen, for the munificent gift.

If wine and oil are your quest, said he, you have but to tap the surface of the munificent earth.

But these munificent donations looked forward to no other date than the anticipation of womanhood.

One of these is the Grosvenor Library, the munificent gift of one of Buffalo's pioneers.

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