Adjective "Magnanimous" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Generous or forgiving, especially towards a rival or less powerful person.
  1. 'He always showed a wonderful degree of sportsmanship and in victory or defeat was magnanimous to the other side.'
  2. 'More importantly, the ode implies that Henri is generous and magnanimous.'
  3. 'He had his days of disappointment too, but he was equally gracious and magnanimous in both victory and defeat.'
  4. 'It should be realised that without their good will and magnanimous gesture, such a major project as this could not go ahead.'
  5. 'It sounds like a very magnanimous thing for Google to do - to build a virtual library of Alexandria, but there is a solid business reason as well.'
  6. 'It was his first domestic reverse as Celtic manager, and a painful one, but he was calm and magnanimous as he congratulated Rangers that afternoon.'
  7. 'But despite his disappointment, McCallion was more than magnanimous in defeat.'
  8. 'The tragic blunders of the era of reconstruction came from the lack of such magnanimous politics.'
  9. 'She decided that, in light of the news she was going to share, she could be magnanimous and forgive Aria.'
  10. 'The parents have been magnanimous, and both the parent-teacher association and action group have worked well as a team.'


1. generous in forgiving an insult or injury; free from petty resentfulness or vindictiveness: to be magnanimous toward one's enemies.

2. high-minded; noble: a just and magnanimous ruler.

3. proceeding from or revealing generosity or nobility of mind, character, etc.: a magnanimous gesture of forgiveness.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be magnanimous towards arts."

"places can be magnanimous in defeats."

"people can be magnanimous in victories."

"people can be magnanimous in defeats."

"people can be magnanimous."

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Mid 16th century: from Latin magnanimus (from magnus ‘great’ + animus ‘soul’) + -ous.