Origin of magnanimousClassical Latin magnanimus from magnus, great (see magni-) + animus, mind, soul (see animal)
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 magnanimousFrom Latin magnanimus magnus great ; see meg- in Indo-European roots. animus soul, mind ; see anə- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more magnanimous, superlative most magnanimous)
- His heart was kind and his affections were strong; he was magnanimous and disinterested, simple and honest.
- I must be magnanimous and truly great.
- Sumner's last years were further saddened by the misconstruction put upon one of his most magnanimous acts.
- A magnificent, magnanimous man; holding the reins of the world, not quite in the imaginary sense; scourging anarchy down, and urging noble effort up, really on a grand scale.
- He is an invalid and an old man who must be forgiven; but he is good and magnanimous and will love her who makes his son happy.