- 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 of magnanimousClassical Latin magnanimus ; from magnus, great (see magni-) + animus, mind, soul (see animal)
Origin of magnanimousFrom Latin magnanimus : magnus, great; see meg- in Indo-European roots + animus, soul, mind; see an&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more magnanimous, superlative most magnanimous)