munificent

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj munificent very generous "distributed gifts with a lavish hand","the critics were lavish in their praise","a munificent gift","his father gave him a half-dollar and his mother a quarter and he thought them munificent","prodigal praise","unsparing generosity","his unstinted devotion","called for unstinting aid to Britain"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Munificent Very liberal in giving or bestowing; lavish; as, a munificent benefactor.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • munificent Extremely liberal in giving or bestowing; very generous: as, a munificent benefactor or patron.
    • munificent Characterized by great liberality or lavish generosity: as, a munificent gift.
    • munificent Synonyms Bountiful, bounteous, princely. See beneficence.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Munificent very liberal in giving: generous: bountiful
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. munificus,; munus, service, gift + -ficare,in comp.) to make. Cf. Immunity -fy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. munificentiamunus, a present, facĕre, to make.

Usage

In literature:

Her gifts to Mrs. Goodwin had been munificent, and well appreciated by this good woman.
"The Harvest of Years" by Martha Lewis Beckwith Ewell
This munificent succession of gifts reaped at length the harvest for which they had been sown.
"Vera Nevill" by Mrs. H. Lovett Cameron
He seems grieved for the past and makes munificent offers.
"A Crooked Path" by Mrs. Alexander
What does Europe for any of its toiling millions who reject this munificent offer?
"The Continental Monthly, Volume V. Issue I" by Various
They were also celebrated for their munificent protection of the Welsh Bards.
"The Poetry of Wales" by John Jenkins
Silence was probably the most dignified manner of receiving a promise too munificent to be anything but a jest.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. 5, Issue 2, February, 1864" by Various
What tremendous artists, but also what intelligent and munificent patrons!
"Seeing Europe with Famous Authors, Volume 7" by Various
Mrs Danby remained at the Park till the little Robert was weaned, and was then dismissed very munificently rewarded.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 438" by Various
Ah, the munificence of kings, their protection of artists, that people talked about in their enthusiasm for the past!
"Woman Triumphant" by Vicente Blasco Ibañez
He was a great patron of literature and the fine arts, and was a munificent friend to Virgil.
"Holidays at the Grange or A Week's Delight" by Emily Mayer Higgins
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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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