• WordNet 3.6
    • n magnanimity liberality in bestowing gifts; extremely liberal and generous of spirit
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Magnanimity The quality of being magnanimous; greatness of mind; elevation or dignity of soul; that quality or combination of qualities, in character, which enables one to encounter danger and trouble with tranquility and firmness, to disdain injustice, meanness and revenge, and to act and sacrifice for noble objects.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n magnanimity The quality of being magnanimous; greatness of mind or heart; elevation or dignity of soul; the habit of feeling and acting worthily under all circumstances; high-mindedness; intrinsic nobility. In its earlier use the word implies especially high courage and noble steadfastness of purpose; in its later use, high-minded generosity.
    • n magnanimity Synonyms High-mindedness, chivalrousness. See noble.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Magnanimity mag-na-nim′i-ti greatness of soul: elevation of dignity, of mind: that quality of mind which raises a person above all that is mean of unjust: generosity
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  • Winston Churchill
    “In War: Resolution. In Defeat: Defiance. In Victory: Magnanimity. In Peace: Goodwill.”
  • Saadi
    “The best loved by God are those that are rich, yet have the humility of the poor, and those that are poor and have the magnanimity of the rich.”
  • Winston Churchill
    “Moral of the Work. In war: resolution. In defeat: defiance. In victory: magnanimity. In peace: goodwill.”
  • Virginia Woolf
    “Where the Mind is biggest, the Heart, the Senses, Magnanimity, Charity, Tolerance, Kindliness, and the rest of them scarcely have room to breathe.”
  • Marianne Moore
    Marianne Moore
    “War is pillage versus resistance and if illusions of magnitude could be transmuted into ideals of magnanimity, peace might be realized.”
  • Edmund Burke
    “Magnanimity in politics is not seldom the truest wisdom; and a great empire and little minds go ill together.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. magnanimité, L. magnanimitas,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. magnanimitasmagnus, great, animus, the mind.


In literature:

Such an offer from such a power will be attributed to magnanimity.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. II. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
But he was too magnanimous to take any mean advantage of their weakness.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott
And, O Janamejaya, he was possessed of beauty and magnanimity and every accomplishment.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
He had repaid her scorn and contempt with magnanimity.
"A Daughter of the Dons" by William MacLeod Raine
These tasks were dictated as much by prudence as by the magnanimity which the wisdom of antiquity approved in victors.
"The Economic Consequences of the Peace" by John Maynard Keynes
Louis had the pride of magnanimity and endeavored to console his captive.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
The essence of friendship is entireness, a total magnanimity and trust.
"Essays" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Yet his bearing was dignified and manly; Irving felt that he might be trusted to show magnanimity.
"The Jester of St. Timothy's" by Arthur Stanwood Pier
There was more of vanity in it than of true magnanimity.
"Dialogues of the Dead" by Lord Lyttelton
His eloquence, and his magnanimous bearing had caused a new army to spring from the earth.
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine
You are a gentleman and a magnanimous enemy, Mr. Passford, and I congratulate you on your promotion, which is sure to come.
"A Victorious Union" by Oliver Optic
The papers were full of praise of your magnanimous conduct.
"Dr. Dumany's Wife" by Mór Jókai
His conduct in the late war, which resulted in his freedom, was as rare a bit of magnanimity as the world ever saw.
"Twentieth Century Negro Literature" by Various
His wife's magnanimity had provided him with what she considered suitable amusements and occupations.
"Prisoners" by Mary Cholmondeley
Mrs. Spottiswoode read these comments as well as what had gone before, and was ready with her magnanimity.
"Girlhood and Womanhood" by Sarah Tytler
Lord Sedley was daily before her eyes in the interesting characters of suffering magnanimity or ardent attachment.
"The Loyalists, Vol. 1-3" by Jane West
You say so only in your magnanimity, because you do not care to make your loyalty appear as something extraordinary.
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
He had referred to his jail record in such a magnanimous way as to win her admiration and sympathy.
"Forty-one Thieves" by Angelo Hall
For a man to kill a half dozen of his own slaves was a sign of generous magnanimity on his part.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
It is magnanimity which entrances the soldier's heart.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 57, No. 356, June, 1845" by Various

In poetry:

With filial hope her son, who knew
Her courage and her skill,
Watch'd to parental orders true,
Magnanimously still.
"The Eagle" by William Hayley
'Such magnanimity
Is now not needed, sir; for you will see
That since I am here, a thing like this is, plainly,
Best done by me.'
"The Obliterate Tomb" by Thomas Hardy
Have hoped that they the land would head
In acts magnanimous; but, lo,
When fainting heroes beg for bread
They frown: where they are driven they go.
"Lines To A Friend Visiting America" by George Meredith
His country's weal his care and thought,
Beloved in peace was he;
Magnanimous in war--shall not
The nation grateful be,
And render at his burial spot
A testimonial free?
"At General Grant's Tomb" by Hattie Howard
As when the God whom Pheidias moulds,
Clothed in marmoreal calm divine,
Veils all that strength 'neath beauty's line,
All energy in repose enfolds;--
So He, in self-effacement great,
Magnanimous to endure and wait.
"Mount Vernon" by Francis Turner Palgrave
Once thy magnanimous sons trod, victors, the portals of Asia,
Once the Pacific waves rushed, joyful thy banners to see;
For it was Trajan that carried the battle-flushed eagles to Dacia,
Cortes that planted thy flag fast by the uttermost sea.
"The Surrender Of Spain" by John Hay

In news:

The Soul of Buckley In a word, magnanimous.
The Jacksonville Jaguars holdout running back would have you believe that making such a declaration amounts to a magnanimous gesture where he's giving something up.
Moore seniors not just magnanimous but smart.
How does one move from being a monomaniacal corporate maven to being an open-eyed magnanimous philanthropist.
If any Republicans thought that President Obama would respond with magnanimity in victory, they now know better.
Sore Winners Democrats might be magnanimous in victory.
"Everyone now knows that this program has changed magnanimously," said one of many Hillie heroes yesterday, Chance Brady.
In retrospect, Terry may have regretted this magnanimous gesture, for it was Custer's failure to obey Terry 's orders that caused the 1876 campaign to end in disaster.