Etymology
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magnanimous (adj.)

1580s, "nobly brave or valiant," from magnanimity + -ous, or else from Latin magnanimus "highminded," literally "great-souled," from magnus "great" (from PIE root *meg- "great") + animus "mind, soul, spirit" (see animus). From 1590s as "elevated in soul or sentiment, superior to petty resentments." Related: Magnanimously.

updated on October 30, 2018

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Definitions of magnanimous from WordNet

magnanimous (adj.)
noble and generous in spirit;
a magnanimous conqueror
Synonyms: greathearted
magnanimous (adj.)
generous and understanding and tolerant;
magnanimous toward his enemies
Synonyms: big / large
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