• WordNet 3.6
    • adj magnanimous 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"
    • adj magnanimous noble and generous in spirit "a greathearted general","a magnanimous conqueror"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Magnanimous Dictated by or exhibiting nobleness of soul; honorable; noble; not selfish. "Both strived for death; magnanimous debate.""There is an indissoluble union between a magnanimous policy and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity."
    • Magnanimous 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. "Be magnanimous in the enterprise.""To give a kingdom hath been thought
      Greater and nobler done, and to lay down
      Far more magnanimous than to assume."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • magnanimous Great of mind or heart; of high and steadfast courage; elevated in. soul or in sentiment; high-minded; raised above what is low, mean, or ungenerous.
    • magnanimous Dictated by greatness of mind or heart; exhibiting nobleness of soul; liberal and honorable; unselfish.
    • magnanimous Synonyms Generous (see noble); high-minded, great-souled, chivalrous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Magnanimous elevated in sentiment, noble: brave: unselfish
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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
L. magnanimus,; magnus, great + animus, mind. See Magnate, and Animus
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. magnanimitasmagnus, great, animus, the mind.


In literature:

Considering the evils and miseries which Napoleon had inflicted on the conquered nations, the allies were magnanimous in their terms.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume IX" by John Lord
He seemed to say, Magnanimous Captain Claret, we fine fellows, and hearts of oak, throw ourselves upon your unparalleled goodness.
"White Jacket" by Herman Melville
Have you not received magnanimity, courage, fortitude?
"Seekers after God" by Frederic William Farrar
Let us show that we have the magnanimity to contemn petty misunderstandings.
"Caleb Williams" by William Godwin
And they saw the magnanimous Kapila, who looked like a perfect mass of splendour.
"Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 1" by Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa
The morbid excess into which the delicate code of honor was inclined to run was strongly counterbalanced by preaching magnanimity and patience.
"Bushido, the Soul of Japan" by Inazo Nitobé
And as they set out the magnanimous Vrishaparva followed them to a certain distance.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2" by Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
From it they learn lessons of eloquence, of magnanimity, of generosity, and of statecraft.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol. 2" by Charles Dudley Warner
However sincerely Mr. Chase might resolve to behave with magnanimity beneath his disappointment, the disappointment must rankle all the same.
"Abraham Lincoln, Vol. II" by John T. Morse
No one counsellor interposed his opinion, to support his master's magnanimity and innocence.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol XII." by Arthur Mee
The magnanimity of Antar in the face of bitter opposition, however, and his undying love finally won him Ibla as his bride.
"The Journal of Negro History, Vol. I. Jan. 1916" by Various
I need not rehearse the well-known instances of Lincoln's magnanimity.
"The Promise Of American Life" by Herbert David Croly
Her conclusion was really magnanimous.
"The Colonel's Dream" by Charles W. Chesnutt
Such an offer from such a power will be attributed to magnanimity.
"Standard Selections" by Various
I give you your point with the magnanimity of an artist.
"The Napoleon of Notting Hill" by Gilbert K. Chesterton
He was reproved by the magnanimity of the man whom he desired to remove from the Prince's councils.
"Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745" by Mrs. Thomson
If you would be agreeable, you must be magnanimous.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
The winner has been modest, the loser magnanimous.
"American Sketches" by Charles Whibley
The thought came to me: 'Why not be magnanimous?
"The Opened Shutters" by Clara Louise Burnham
However, I was too magnanimous to point that out.
"Happy Days" by Alan Alexander Milne

In poetry:

'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
If hindrances obstruct thy way,
Thy magnanimity display,
And let thy strength be seen;
But oh! if Fortune fill thy sail
With more than a propitious gale,
Take half thy canvas in!
"Horace. Book II. Ode X. " by William Cowper
O 'tis there that the spoort is, when the Queen and the Court is
Walking magnanimous all of a row,
Forgetful what state is among the pataties
And the pine-apple gardens of sweet Pimlico.
"The Pimlico Pavilion" by William Makepeace Thackeray
There is no Corinth save the whip and curb
Of Corinth, high Periander; the superb
In magnanimity, in rule severe.
Up on his marble fortress-tower he sits,
The city under him: a white yoked steer,
That bears his heart for pulse, his head for wits.
"Periander" by George Meredith

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.