munificent

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

adjective

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

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Origin of munificent

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

synonym study for munificent

1. See generous.

OTHER WORDS FROM munificent

mu·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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH munificent

1. beneficent, munificent 2. magnificent, munificent
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British Dictionary definitions for munificent

munificent
/ (mjuːˈnɪfɪsənt) /

adjective

(of a person) very generous; bountiful
(of a gift) generous; liberal

Derived forms of munificent

munificence 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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