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[myoo-nif-uh-suh ns] /myuˈnɪf ə səns/
the quality of being munificent, or showing unusual generosity:
The museum's collection was greatly increased by the munificence of the family's gift.
Sometimes, munificentness. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • An old tract upon the Pope's munificence shows how the Eastern Fathers were restored to a place of honour.

    The Great Book-Collectors Charles Isaac Elton and Mary Augusta Elton
  • Loud and full were the utterances of praise that this munificence evoked.

    Luttrell Of Arran Charles James Lever
  • He did not even stop to thank her for this unexpected sacrifice and munificence.

    The Way of the Gods John Luther Long
  • It seems to me all this munificence goes to serve some fell purpose of his own.

    Eventide Effie Afton
  • munificence is a benefit to society, that we grant willingly.

    The Simple Life Charles Wagner
  • This munificence was avowedly for the credit of the settlement.

  • By the munificence of one of her citizens, New York has twice offered premiums for the best-kept school-grounds.

    Arbor Day Leaves N.H. Egleston
  • They were staggered by the munificence of the sum, but they did not dispute it.

    The Camp in the Snow William Murray Graydon
  • She was widowed a second time in 1649, and after that began the period of her munificence and usefulness.

  • For had he not shown his love to God by his munificence to His Church on earth?

    Bibliomania in the Middle Ages Frederick Somner Merryweather
Word Origin and History for munificence

early 15c., from Middle French munificence, from Latin munificentia "bountifulness, liberality, generosity," from stem of munificus "generous, bountiful, liberal," literally "present-making," from munus "gift or service, duty, office" (see municipal) + unstressed stem of facere "to do" (see factitious).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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