Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Splendid in appearance; grand: a magnificent palace.
  • adj. Grand or noble in thought or deed; exalted.
  • adj. Outstanding of its kind; superlative: a magnificent place for sailing. See Synonyms at grand.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Grand, elegant or splendid in appearance.
  • adj. Grand or noble in action.
  • adj. Exceptional for its kind.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Doing grand things; admirable in action; displaying great power or opulence, especially in building, way of living, and munificence.
  • adj. Grand in appearance; exhibiting grandeur or splendor; splendid; pompous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Great in deeds or action; especially, very liberal; munificent; generous; open-handed.
  • Making a great show; possessing or pretending to greatness; stately; ostentatious.
  • Grand in appearance or character; exhibiting greatness; splendid; brilliant; of extraordinary excellence: as, a magnificent building or view; a magnificent victory or poem; magnificent conceptions.
  • Exhibiting greatness of size or extent: as, the preparations were upon a magnificent scale; a city of magnificent distances.
  • Synonyms Superb, Splendid, etc. (see grand); imposing, august, gorgeous.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. characterized by grandeur

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from magnificence, splendor, from Latin magnificentia, from , magnificent- comparative and superlative stem of magnificus, magnificent; see magnific.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin as if *magnificens, equivalent to magnificus ("great in deeds or sentiment, noble, splendid, etc."), from magnus ("great") + -ficens, an accom. form of -ficiens, the reg. form in compounds of faciens, ppr. of facere ("to do"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Madam Newcott, kneeling in front of Caroline and intent on putting the finishing touches on what she called a magnificent creation, ignored the comment.

    Rebellious Desire

  • Huc and Gabet's account of Lhassa is, I do not doubt, excellent as to particulars; but the trees which they describe as magnificent, and girdling the city, have uniformly been represented to me as poor stunted willows, apricots, poplars, and walnuts, confined to the gardens of the rich.

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  • England had been, and revered him with such enthusiasm for what she called his magnificent manhood and beneficence, as was ready on the least encouragement to have become something a good deal warmer; but whatever she did served to make her distasteful to him.

    My Young Alcides

  • At a memorial service Thursday that drew some 12,000 people to the Penn State basketball arena, Jay Paterno reflected on what he called the "magnificent daylight" of his legendary father's life.

    SI.com

  • Curator Joan Murray once called it a "magnificent failure" - the choppy, thickly coloured brush strokes of the water, the flat tree and hills, the clouds billowing against, not with, the wind - but don't discount the word "magnificent."

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  • Few women can lay claim to the word "magnificent", but Currie is now surely one of them.

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  • "Neville Southall could be described as magnificent if only he hadn't been so scruffy," suggests Ian Copestake.

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  • Here he found but two young heifers being tested for tuberculosis, and a magnificent Duroc Jersey boar in magnificent condition.

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  • The greens of the foliage pop with vivid colors, and the idyllic, endless blue of the ocean is captured in magnificent detail.

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  • I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.

    MY 1916 VISIT TO JACK LONDON

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