magnanimous
[ mag-nan-uh-muhs ]
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Part of Speech adjective
Origin + Etymology
Mid-16th century; Latin from magnanimus (from magnus "great" + animus "soul") + -ous
Synonyms
    1.
  • noble benevolent unselfish generous greathearted
    2.
  • altruistic charitable considerate forgiving selfless
Antonyms
    1.
  • selfish uncharitable
    2.
  • mean petty stingy
Definition
1. high-minded; noble
2. generous in forgiving an insult or injury; free from petty resentfulness or vindictiveness
Examples
1. A) He tried to stay magnanimous during his reign, treating everyone with respect and fairness. B) Her kind heart and magnanimous nature earned her many friends and powerful allies.
2. A) The king had learned long ago that being magnanimous with his enemies often won him new friends. B) His boss proved magnanimous when it came to her employees and their mistakes.
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