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magnanimous

adjective

Definition: kind, generous, forgiving, and noble in spirit

Synonyms: generous, beneficent, forgiving, noble, gracious, munificent, big-hearted, philanthropic

Antonyms: mean, petty, paltry

Tips: Magnanimous is derived from the Latin magnanimus, originally from magnus, "great" and animus, "spirit, soul, or mind." Think of someone who is magnanimous because he or she possesses a great mind and spirit. The noun magnanimity refers to generosity of spirit. Magnanimous describes people who are generous in overlooking injury or insult and being high-minded and unselfish: "Forgiving her friend for betraying her was a very magnanimous gesture." Magnanimous also refers to people who are "good winners." For example: "The coach taught his players to be magnanimous in their victories as well as their defeats and to always compliment the play of their opponents."

Usage Examples:

The magnanimous general showed respect even to those he had conquered. (forgiving, noble)

The losing candidate displayed great magnanimity in ultimately lending his support to the winner. (graciousness, generosity) noun

It was a magnanimous gesture for the CEO to take a pay-cut to avoid layoffs. (gracious, noble)

It was magnanimous of her to forgive my huge mistake. (big-hearted, gracious)


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