- When you are very generous to everyone around and you give great gifts, this is an example of magnanimity.
- When you rise above your anger and forgive someone who may not deserve to be forgiven, this generosity of spirit is an example of magnanimity.
- the quality or state of being magnanimous
- pl. -·ties a magnanimous act
Origin of magnanimityMiddle English magnanimite
- The quality of being magnanimous.
- A magnanimous act.
- 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.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.