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magnificence

[mag-nif-uh-suh ns] /mægˈnɪf ə səns/
noun
1.
the quality or state of being magnificent; splendor; grandeur; sublimity:
the magnificence of snow-covered mountains; the magnificence of his achievements.
2.
impressiveness of surroundings:
the magnificence of Versailles.
Origin of magnificence
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Latin magnificentia, equivalent to magnificent- magnificent + -ia -y3; see -ence
Synonyms
1. majesty, nobility, stateliness. 2. luxuriousness, opulence, sumptuousness.
Antonyms
2. squalor, poverty.
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magnificence

/mæɡˈnɪfɪsəns/
noun
1.
the quality of being magnificent
Word Origin
C14: via French from Latin magnificentia
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Word Origin and History for magnificence
n.

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."

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