magnificent

[mag-nif-uh-suhnt]
adjective
1.
making a splendid appearance or show; of exceptional beauty, size, etc.: a magnificent cathedral; magnificent scenery.
2.
extraordinarily fine; superb: a magnificent opportunity; magnificent weather.
3.
noble; sublime: a magnificent poem.
4.
(usually initial capital letter) (formerly used as a title of some rulers) great; grand: Lorenzo the Magnificent.
5.
lavishly munificent; extravagant: a magnificent inheritance.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English < Middle French < Latin magnificent- (stem recorded in comparative, superlative, and other forms) for magnificus. See magnific, -ent

magnificently, adverb
magnificentness, noun
supermagnificent, adjective
supermagnificently, adverb

magnificent, munificent (see synonym study at the current entry).


1. majestic, sumptuous, opulent; exquisite, sublime. Magnificent, gorgeous, splendid, superb are terms of high admiration and all are used informally in weak exaggeration. Something that is magnificent is beautiful, princely, grand, or ostentatious: a magnificent display of paintings; a magnificent view of the harbor. That which is gorgeous moves one to admiration by the richness and (often colorful) variety of its effects: a gorgeous array of handsome gifts. That which is splendid is dazzling or impressive in its brilliance, radiance, or excellence: splendid jewels; a splendid body of scholars. That which is superb is above others in, or is of the highest degree of, excellence, elegance, or (less often, today) grandeur: a superb concert; superb wines.


1. modest; poor.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To magnificently
Collins
World English Dictionary
magnificent (mæɡˈnɪfɪsənt)
 
adj
1.  splendid or impressive in appearance
2.  superb or very fine
3.  (esp of ideas) noble or elevated
4.  archaic great or exalted in rank or action
 
[C16: from Latin magnificentio more splendid; irregular comparative of magnificus great in deeds; see magnific]
 
mag'nificently
 
adv
 
mag'nificentness
 
n

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

magnificent
1510s, from O.Fr. magnificent, a back formation from L. magnificentior, comp. of magnificus, lit. "doing great deeds" (see magnificence).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
Then the music started and it was magnificently bizarre.
The mating process shows both how magnificently powerful and at the same time a
  bit more fragile these beautiful creatures can be.
Lou had performed magnificently without oxygen, but the last stretch seemed to
  tire him.
She was magnificently exotic, with piercing eyes and a taste for turbans and
  badly fitted robes.
Related Words
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature
FAVORITES
RECENT

;