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[mag-nif-uh-suh ns] /mægˈnɪf ə səns/
the quality or state of being magnificent; splendor; grandeur; sublimity:
the magnificence of snow-covered mountains; the magnificence of his achievements.
impressiveness of surroundings:
the magnificence of Versailles.
Origin of magnificence
1300-50; Middle English < Latin magnificentia, equivalent to magnificent- magnificent + -ia -y3; see -ence
1. majesty, nobility, stateliness. 2. luxuriousness, opulence, sumptuousness.
2. squalor, poverty. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for magnificence
  • The apparent disorder augments the grandeur, for the appearance of care is highly contrary to our ideas of magnificence.
  • Photo book captures magnificence of these shapely trees.
  • She taught me life was not easy but neglected to teach me about the magnificence of the everyday.
  • But no one in the comics industry is really ready for what that magnificence implies.
  • Today it doesn't even seem possible to capture the magnificence and unparalleled excesses of the real thing.
  • All about was magnificence and modernity- murals and modernist chairs and floor lamps and deep carpets full of elec- tricity.
  • The magnificence of the marsupials is likewise omitted.
  • And with each succeeding breakthrough in magnificence, the audiences are inclined to become more demanding.
  • The real reason they belong together is the magnificence of their delusional self-images.
  • Their beauty was homage to the saint and a material manifestation of his or her spiritual magnificence.
British Dictionary definitions for magnificence


the quality of being magnificent
Word Origin
C14: via French from Latin magnificentia
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Word Origin and History for 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."

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