from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. High-spirited; fearless.
  • adj. Generous; magnanimous; noble.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • High-spirited; of noble courage; magnanimous: as, a great-hearted chieftain.

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

  • adj. noble and generous in spirit


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  • This is why it is that, when others boast of national achievement, the American just points to the flag and bluntly says to all the world, 'Match this if you can, the peerless story of human freedom, of intellectual progress, of great-hearted, broad-minded development told in the mystic wedlock of the Stars and Stripes.'

    Little-Known Gold From the Gilded Age

  • Delegations rushed North from Mississippi and Texas, with suspicious timeliness and with great-hearted offers to take these workers back to a lesser hell.


  • In 1907, the once popular English writer Hall Caine described the book as the "poignant story of a great-hearted girl who kept her soul alive amidst all the mire that surrounded her poor body."

    Thomas Gladysz: A Lost Girl, a Fake Diary, and a Forgotten Author

  • It's a good quote, but I think the great-hearted person can do all three and not in a spirit of condescension either.

    Ask for this one by name!

  • In those days this great-hearted woman acted as commander.

    Caesars’ Wives

  • They get the rabble rousers, the agitators, the good Samaritans, the great-hearted, but rarely the smart and savvy.

    Your Right Hand Thief

  • Well, to make a long story short, she told her husband and he – great-hearted fellow that he is – kindly sent us a copy of City of Heroes to play on our new computer.

    Misadventures in the City of Heroes -- or Mother of Heroes, City of Fumbles

  • With this sort of spiritualism of the great-hearted self, nonobservant America acknowledged the reality of the transcendent realm.

    Living-Room Crusaders

  • In the first of these, Celtic of Glasgow — led by “Jinky” Johnstone, a great-hearted five-foot-four winger who died in March — beat Inter Milan to became the first British winner of the European Cup.

    Non-Native Sons

  • Verily Sarpedon reigned mightily over wide Lycia and ruled very many cities filled with people, wielding the sceptre of Zeus: and great honour followed him, which his father gave him, the great-hearted shepherd of the people.

    Hesiod, Homeric Hymns, and Homerica


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