[maɡnˈanɪməs], [maɡnˈanɪməs], [m_a_ɡ_n_ˈa_n_ɪ_m_ə_s]

Definitions of magnanimous:

  1.   Great of mind; elevated in soul or sentiment; not selfish; disinterested.
  2.   noble and generous in spirit; " a greathearted general"; " a magnanimous conqueror"
  3.   Magnanimously.
  4.   Great of mind; elevated in soul or feeling; generous; courageous; heroic.
  5.   High- minded; elevated in soul; disinterested; heroic; exhibiting nobleness of soul.
  6.   generous and understanding and tolerant; " a heart big enough to hold no grudges"; " that's very big of you to be so forgiving"; " a large and generous spirit"; " a large heart"; " magnanimous toward his enemies"
  7.   Magnanimity.
  8.   Elevated in soul; scorning what is base; unselfish.
  9.   Dictated by or exhibiting nobleness of soul; honorable; noble; not selfish.
  10.   Great- souled: elevated in soul or sentiment: noble or honorable: brave: unselfish.
  11.   Great of mind; elevated in soul or in sentiment; raised above what is low, mean, or ungenerous; of lofty and courageous spirit; as, a magnanimous character; a magnanimous conqueror.

Antonyms for magnanimous:

contemptible, vicious, parsimonious, animalistic, vengeful, dastardly, spiteful, cruel, ignoble, sparing, degraded, malevolent, vindictive, Coveting, stingy, avid, degenerate, penny-pinching, debased, avaricious, egoistic, acquisitive, self-concerned, spare, subhuman, narcissistic, self-infatuated, feral, self-oriented, narrow, beastly, lousy, base, brute, coarse, grasping, solipsistic, hateful, detestable, close, egocentric, tight, vulgar, moneygrubbing, ungenerous, meanspirited, malicious, sorry, niggard, bestial, humiliating, ugly, illiberal, petty, tightfisted, self-centered, squalid, stinting, ignominious, covetous, egotistic, degrading, miserly, self-obsessed, Self-interested, penurious, mercenary, uncharitable, egomaniacal, selfish, despicable, grabby, repulsive, Ferine, dirty, vile, self-absorbed, malignant, self-involved, abominable, discreditable, offensive, catty, cheap, self-loving, brutal, chintzy, despiteful, niggardly, little, bad, small-minded, wretched, low, malign, virulent, brutish, closefisted, rapacious, mingy, revengeful, greedy, nasty, swinish, sordid, mean, crude.

Quotes for magnanimous:

  1. Magnanimous people have no vanity, they have no jealousy, and they feed on the true and the solid wherever they find it. And, what is more, they find it everywhere. – Van Wyck Brooks
  2. I hope you will respond to the crisis of confidence that Watergate has created by opening up your administration and reaching out to people in a more magnanimous spirit. – Elliot Richardson
  3. In a serious struggle there is no worse cruelty than to be magnanimous at an inopportune time. – Leon Trotsky
  4. If the gentleman has ability, he is magnanimous generous, tolerant, and straightforward, through which he opens the way to instruct others. – Xun Zi

Usage examples for magnanimous:

  1. “ Walpole was not magnanimous towards enemies who had still the power to do him harm. ” – A History of the Four Georges, Volume II (of 4) by Justin McCarthy
  2. But, though he was magnanimous he was not happy, and perhaps the intense anxiety which his wife displayed as to the fate of Phineas Finn added to his discomfort. ” – Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope
  3. “ I was careless, her friends stigmatised me as callous; she cold, her friends styled her magnanimous – Ixion In Heaven by Benjamin Disraeli
  4. The King, after some little hesitation, accepted this magnanimous offer, and Boufflers set out. ” – The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete by Duc de Saint-Simon
  5. He knew he had not failed, and so could be magnanimous – Tommy and Grizel by J.M. Barrie
  6. How grand, how magnanimous he is, never forgetting me, never feeling the solitude of this room irksome, but loving it more and more; giving me hours out of each day till, of late, he almost lives in my apartment and never finds it tiresome! ” – Wives and Widows; or The Broken Life by Ann S. Stephens
  7. “ " You do as you're told, Fairbanks," directed Denny, with a magnanimous wave of his hand. ” – Ralph of the Roundhouse by Allen Chapman
  8. “ I am glad too, for now I know your magnanimous heart would have led you to serve us without reward, and even at great loss. ” – Cruel As The Grave by Mrs. Emma D. E. N. Southworth
  9. He had behaved with a sort of magnanimous triumph over the marriage. ” – Marriage by H. G. Wells
  10. He was not the man to offend a magnanimous neighbour- who meant nothing unfriendly by regarding his manoeuvres with superfluous suspicion. ” – History of the United Netherlands, 1586-89, Vol. II. Complete by John Lothrop Motley Last Updated: February 7, 2009
  11. You've no idea what a magnanimous elder brother you've got. ” – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  12. “ " I ask pardon," he was saying, " for addressing the court directly; first of all, the pardon of my counsel, whose ability has never been so conspicuous as in this case, and whose just resentment, if he were less magnanimous and noble, I feel I am now about to incur." ” – Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green
  13. It is a deplorable fact that many housekeepers, either in a desire to be magnanimous or to avoid a scene or annoyance, give utterly undeserved recommendations, thus opening the way for other reigns of terror which a little personal application of do- as- you- would- be- done- by could have prevented. ” – The Complete Home by Various
  14. It's really very magnanimous of him not to bear me more of a grudge. ” – The Bent Twig by Dorothy Canfield
  15. But the magnanimous Roman gentleman replied that he was entirely satisfied with the one he had received. ” – The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti by John Addington Symonds
  16. “ " You may say anything you please to me, of course," replied this very magnanimous Norman. ” – Mae Madden by Mary Murdoch Mason
  17. In consequence of this refusal- called magnanimous by contemporary writers- to accept his property under such conditions, the estates were detained from him for a considerable time longer. ” – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  18. Yet Franklin, little suspicious and very magnanimous praised him as a " gentleman of parts and ability," likely to serve the province with zeal and activity. ” – Benjamin Franklin by John Torrey Morse, Jr.
  19. That wise and magnanimous princess placed herself in the front of the battle for the liberties of Europe. ” – The American Union Speaker by John D. Philbrick
  20. He forgot that Mabel's fortune had melted away at the gaming- table without inquiry or protest on her part, and that, in fact, his own luxurious life was fostered only by their magnanimous bounty. ” – Mabel's Mistake by Ann S. Stephens

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