- The definition of magnanimous is big-hearted, noble and generous of spirit.
Someone who can look the other way when he has been wronged and who can pardon the person who has done the wrong is an example of someone who ismagnanimous.
Origin: L magnanimus from magnus, great (see magni-) plush animus, mind, soul (see animal)
- magnanimously adverb
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- Courageously noble in mind and heart.
- Generous in forgiving; eschewing resentment or revenge; unselfish.
Origin: From Latin magnanimus : magnus, great; see meg- in Indo-European roots + animus, soul, mind; see anə- in Indo-European roots.
- mag·nanˈi·mous·ly adverb
- mag·nanˈi·mous·ness noun