munificence

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n munificence liberality in bestowing gifts; extremely liberal and generous of spirit
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Munificence Means of defense; fortification.
    • n Munificence The quality or state of being munificent; a giving or bestowing with extraordinary liberality; generous bounty; lavish generosity. "The virtues of liberality and munificence ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n munificence The quality or character of being munificent; a giving or bestowing with great liberality or lavishness; bounty; liberality. Also munificency. Synonyms Liberality, Generosity, etc. (see beneficence), bounteousuess, bountifulness.
    • n munificence Fortification or strength; defense.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Munificence mū-nif′i-sens (Spens.) fortification, means of defence.
    • n Munificence mū-nif′i-sens quality of being munificent: bountifulness
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. munificentia,: cf. F. munificence,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. munificentiamunus, a present, facĕre, to make.

Usage

In literature:

Religion is supported with the same munificent liberality.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 22. October, 1878." by Various
He rarely forgot a face, and the young Englishman's tip had been munificent.
"A Maker of History" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Mr. Young is distinguished for his public munificence and private philanthropy.
"Western Worthies" by J. Stephen Jeans
These give liberally, and it may be doubted whether any other band of Christians are more munificent in their offerings.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
It was built entirely by the munificence of John Shipward, a wealthy merchant.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
I shall ever feel indebted to many Boston friends for their laborious care and munificent contributions.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 118, August, 1887" by Various
I cannot express the sense I have of your munificence.
"Standard Selections" by Various
Thus, by a majority of seven, the people of Boston voted to accept the most munificent gift the town had received since it was founded.
"Captains of Industry" by James Parton
Diplomacies ended, the synods of Holland took up their work with real munificence.
"A History of American Christianity" by Leonard Woolsey Bacon
It seems to me all this munificence goes to serve some fell purpose of his own.
"Eventide" by Effie Afton
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In poetry:

Man pays the debt with new munificence,
Not piecemeal now, not slowly, by the old;
Not grudgingly, by the effaced thin pence,
But greatly and in gold.
"Lord I Owe Thee a Death" by Alice Meynell
Success to Miss Baxter, and praise to the late Doctor Baxter, John Boyd,
For I think the Dundonians ought to feel overjoyed
For their munificent gifts to the town of Dundee,
Which will cause their names to be handed down to posterity.
"The Inauguration of the University College" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

The munificence of a twofer .
It was a munificent gift, just superb.
Driving back from DC yesterday, the munificence of satellite radio brought me the entire MSNBC afternoon lineup.
IF PRINCESS DI was your idea of a living saint, whose too-brief life touched us all with its munificence and wisdom, Pay It Forward is the movie for you.
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