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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Definitions for magnanimous

  1. proceeding from or revealing generosity or nobility of mind, character, etc.: a magnanimous gesture of forgiveness.
  2. high-minded; noble: a just and magnanimous ruler.
  3. generous in forgiving an insult or injury; free from petty resentfulness or vindictiveness: to be magnanimous toward one's enemies.

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Citations for magnanimous
They are magnanimous people, and magnanimity is, fundamentally, the only thing that matters and that gives us distinction here on earth. You know, there are only two classes of people: the magnanimous ones and all the rest; and when you reach my age you have to choose, you have to decide once and for all whom you intend to like and, whom you intend to despise… Marcel Proust (1871–1922), translated by Lydia Davis, Swann's Way, 2003
It is so beautiful to pity, so magnanimous to forgive; and the greater the wrong, the more pardon humbles the transgressor and ennobles the bestower. Louisa May Alcott, "An Hour," Hospital Sketches and Camp and Fireside Stories, 1869
Origin of magnanimous
1575-1585
Magnanimous can be traced to the Latin terms magnus meaning "great" and animus meaning "soul, spirit, mind." It entered English in the mid-1500s.