magnificence By Lydia Millet A woman moves into an old house full of taxidermy in the aftermath of trauma.
The magnificence of our legal system, your Honor, is that we do not seek an eye for an eye.
Suddenly, she questions, "Who wants to live like that anymore, all that majesty and magnificence?"
mid-14c., "great-mindedness, courage," from Old French magnificence "splendor, nobility, grandeur," from Latin magnificentia "splendor, munificence," from stem of magnificus "great, elevated, noble, eminent," also "splendid, rich, fine, costly," literally "doing great deeds," from magnus "great" (see magnate) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Meaning "greatness, grandeur, glory" in English is from late 14c. That of "beauty, splendor, wealth" is 15c. As one of the Aristotelian and scholastic virtues, it translates Greek megaloprepeia "liberality of expenditure combined with good taste."