munificent

[myoo-nif-uh-suhnt]
adjective
1.
extremely liberal in giving; very generous.
2.
characterized by great generosity: a munificent bequest.

Origin:
1575–85; back formation from Latin mūnificentia generosity, munificence, equivalent to mūnific(us) generous (muni-, combining form of mūnus gift + -ficus -fic) + -entia -ence

munificence, munificentness, noun
munificently, adverb
unmunificent, adjective
unmunificently, adverb

1. beneficent, munificent ; 2. magnificent, munificent (see synonym study at magnificent).


1. bountiful, bounteous, lavish. See generous.


1. niggardly.
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munificent (mjuːˈnɪfɪsənt)
 
adj
1.  (of a person) very generous; bountiful
2.  (of a gift) generous; liberal
 
[C16: back formation from Latin mūnificentia liberality, from mūnificus, from mūnus gift + facere to make]
 
mu'nificence
 
n
 
mu'nificentness
 
n
 
mu'nificently
 
adv

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munificent
1580s, from L. munificent-, stem of munificus (see munificence).
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Example sentences
For the hired help in the classrooms and labs at these and other universities,
  the coaches' pay is beyond munificent.
The core idea of applying human intelligence to aid searches has a long and
  munificent history on the web.
Rather, they would be munificent givers of foreign aid, vigorous investors
  abroad and profuse lenders.
This system provides France's pensioners with a munificent standard of living,
  averaging 97% of that of the working population.
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