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?"
Then they took some tea in the little sitting room of the master of all this magnificence.
There may be magnificence in the smashing; but the thing is smashed.
That when a woman buys cigars for a man she always judges the quality of the cigars by the magnificence of the cigar-bands.
Your house, table, equipages, may be all in the highest style of magnificence.
This magnificence is explained by the fact that it was customary for the lady of the house to lie in bed while receiving company.
I have fled from myself; I have fled from the magnificence of my retinue, to find variety.
From this magnificence of nature and art, the transition was painful to what I saw of the poorer population.
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."