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Friday, December 25, 2015

Definitions for munificence

  1. the quality of being munificent, or showing unusual generosity: The museum's collection was greatly increased by the munificence of the family's gift.

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Citations for munificence
"If you please," said Scrooge. "Not a farthing less. A great many back-payments are included in it, I assure you. Will you do me that favour?" "My dear sir," said the other, shaking hands with him. "I don't know what to say to such munificence." "Don't say anything, please," retorted Scrooge. Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol, 1843
The happy day will be when mind, heart, and hands shall be alive together, shall work in concert; when there shall be a harmony between God's munificence and man's delight in it. Matthew Arnold, "George Sand," The Fortnightly Review, January to June, 1877
Origin of munificence
Munificence finds its roots in the Latin word mūnus meaning "gift."