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munificence

[myoo-nif-uh-suh ns] /myuˈnɪf ə səns/
noun
1.
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.

munificent

[myoo-nif-uh-suh nt] /myuˈnɪf ə sənt/
adjective
1.
extremely liberal in giving; very generous.
2.
characterized by great generosity:
a munificent bequest.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; back formation from Latin mūnificentia generosity, munificence, equivalent to mūnific(us) generous (muni-, combining form of mūnus gift + -ficus -fic) + -entia -ence
Related forms
munificence, munificentness, noun
munificently, adverb
unmunificent, adjective
unmunificently, adverb
Can be confused
beneficent, munificent.
magnificent, munificent (see synonym study at magnificent)
Synonyms
1. bountiful, bounteous, lavish. See generous.
Antonyms
1. niggardly.
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British Dictionary definitions for munificentness

munificent

/mjuːˈnɪfɪsənt/
adjective
1.
(of a person) very generous; bountiful
2.
(of a gift) generous; liberal
Derived Forms
munificence, munificentness, noun
munificently, adverb
Word Origin
C16: back formation from Latin mūnificentia liberality, from mūnificus, from mūnus gift + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for munificentness

munificence

n.

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).

munificent

adj.

1580s, back-formation from munificence, or else from Latin munificent-, stem of munificus "bountiful, liberal, generous" (see munificence).

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