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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 un munificent

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 un munificent

munificent

adj.

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

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