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[mag-nuh-nim-i-tee] /ˌmæg nəˈnɪm ɪ ti/
noun, plural magnanimities for 2.
the quality of being magnanimous.
a magnanimous act.
Origin of magnanimity
1300-50; Middle English magnanimite < Latin magnanimitās. See magnanimous, -ity Unabridged
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  • He swept away boundaries with his vision, hatred with his magnanimity, fear with his courage.
  • But magnanimity is a requirement of true greatness.
  • Don't slag the students who insulted you, show magnanimity.
  • After you have served him he at once puts you in debt by his magnanimity.
  • There seems to be a feeling in Italy that it is time for magnanimity.
  • The essence of friendship is entireness, a total magnanimity and trust.
  • As usual, the authorities showed their supposed magnanimity by letting out some political prisoners for the holidays.
  • Though you may not approve of his method or his principles, recognize his magnanimity.
  • The magnanimity of that gesture suits him well.
  • Humanity don't hold any value sans magnanimity and accountability in reconciliation.
British Dictionary definitions for magnanimity


noun (pl) -ties
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin magnanimitās, from magnus great + animus soul
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Word Origin and History for magnanimity

mid-14c., "loftiness of thought or purpose," from Old French magnanimité "high-mindedness, generosity of spirit," from Latin magnanimitatem (nominative magnanimitas) "greatness of soul, high-mindedness," from magnanimus "having a great soul," from magnus "great" (see magnate) + animus "mind, soul, spirit" (see animus). Probably a loan-translation of Greek megalopsykhos "high-souled, generous" (Aristotle) or megathymus "great-hearted."

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