American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The quality of being magnanimous.
- n. A magnanimous act.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of being magnanimous; greatness of mind or heart; elevation or dignity of soul; the habit of feeling and acting worthily under all circumstances; high-mindedness; intrinsic nobility. In its earlier use the word implies especially high courage and noble steadfastness of purpose; in its later use, high-minded generosity.
- n. Synonyms High-mindedness, chivalrousness. See noble.
- n. The quality of being magnanimous; greatness of mind; elevation or dignity of soul.
- n. That quality or combination of qualities, in character, which enables one to encounter danger and trouble with tranquility and firmness, to disdain injustice, meanness and revenge, and to act and sacrifice for noble objects.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality of being magnanimous; greatness of mind; elevation or dignity of soul; that quality or combination of qualities, in character, which enables one to encounter danger and trouble with tranquility and firmness, to disdain injustice, meanness and revenge, and to act and sacrifice for noble objects.
- n. liberality in bestowing gifts; extremely liberal and generous of spirit
“-- This is what you call magnanimity -- It is happy for yourself, that you possess this quality in the highest degree.”
“Mr. Churchill, whose magnanimity is as great as his power of mischief, half rose to his feet, and murmured, with a bow of his head, "If I am not unworthy, Sir.”
“Tish it was, however, who, not to be outdone in magnanimity, permitted them to go, one by one, to the stream to wash.”
“This treating of injuries from the high ground of magnanimity is the action that shall save the world.”
“There was a certain magnanimity, he recognized, in Gay's effort to put things right even while he must have preferred in his heart to have them remain in the wrong.”
“Surely I do not wish to stand beneath Helga in magnanimity!”
“Even Napoleon's father-in-law, the Emperor of Austria, who had given his daughter in marriage to the arbiter of Europe, did not deign to reply, though only a brief time before he had received many tokens of magnanimity from the French Emperor.”
“These principles, bravest of men, might have suited the simple ages of Greece and Rome; a Phocion or a Fabricius might have uttered the like, and compelled the homage of their enemies; but in these days, such magnanimity is considered frenzy, and ruin is its consequence.”
“The Christian woman who can reflect upon a laborious life of domestic duty, looks back upon a scene of true virtue; and if, in order to perform the whole of her allotted task, she was obliged to repress a taste for pursuits more intellectual, the character of magnanimity is inscribed upon her conduct, however retired, or in human estimation insignificant, may have been the daily exercises to which she was appointed.”
“Caroline heard it she could not help smiling at the word magnanimity, which sounded to her rather too grand for the occasion.”
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