Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality of being munificent; generosity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Means of defense; fortification.
  • n. The quality or state of being munificent; a giving or bestowing with extraordinary liberality; generous bounty; lavish generosity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality or character of being munificent; a giving or bestowing with great liberality or lavishness; bounty; liberality. Also munificency.
  • n. Fortification or strength; defense.

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

  • n. liberality in bestowing gifts; extremely liberal and generous of spirit

Etymologies

From munific(ent) +‎ -ence. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Viewing their copartnery, however, as a mere commercial speculation, his Lordship's advance could not be regarded as liberal, and no modification of the term munificence or patronage could be applied to it.

    The Life of Lord Byron

  • Though many ages are gone since Nushirowan was in being, yet in the remembrance of his munificence is his fair renown left.

    The Persian Literature, Comprising The Shah Nameh, The Rubaiyat, The Divan, and The Gulistan, Volume 2

  • The Abbey of St. Serge still stands to the north of Angers; its vast gardens and fishponds turned into the public gardens of the town, its church spacious and beautiful with a noble choir that may perhaps recall the munificence of

    Stray Studies from England and Italy

  • Allington before the flowers of May would have come, and the crowd and the glare and the fashion and the art of the Academy's great exhibition must therefore remain unknown to her; but she was taken to see many pictures, and among others she was taken to see the pictures belonging to a certain nobleman who, with that munificence which is so amply enjoyed and so little recognised in England, keeps open house for the world to see the treasures which the wealth of his family had collected.

    The Last Chronicle of Barset

  • Allington before the flowers of May would have come, and the crowd and the glare and the fashion and the art of the Academy’s great exhibition must therefore remain unknown to her; but she was taken to see many pictures, and among others she was taken to see the pictures belonging to a certain nobleman who, with that munificence which is so amply enjoyed and so little recognised in

    The Last Chronicle of Barset

  • Thus some have seen Velázquez's "Breda" as little more than brilliant propaganda, portraying a fleeting instance of Spanish munificence.

    A Peaceable Canvas

  • His munificence was in proportion to his vast wealth (derived chiefly from his property in Cardiff), and innumerable poor Catholic missions throughout Britain, as well as private individuals, could testify to his lavish, though not indiscriminate generosity.

    The Third Marquess of Bute: Catholic Convert and Patron

  • But neither of those initiatives, expensive as they are, approach the civic munificence displayed by the Federal Reserve.

    The Fed's Cash Machine

  • Their new Republican governor, having doled out huge tax benefits to business, is now trying to essentially dun the middle class to pay for his munificence.

    Peter Clothier: Wisconsin Rises

  • We have not grown in heart's munificence, perhaps.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters

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