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 Dictionary entry overview: What does magnanimous mean? 

MAGNANIMOUS (adjective)
  The adjective MAGNANIMOUS has 2 senses:

1. noble and generous in spirit
2. generous and understanding and tolerant

  Familiarity information: MAGNANIMOUS used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

MAGNANIMOUS (adjective)

Sense 1magnanimous [BACK TO TOP]


Noble and generous in spirit


greathearted; magnanimous

Context examples:

a greathearted general / a magnanimous conqueror


noble (having or showing or indicative of high or elevated character)

Sense 2magnanimous [BACK TO TOP]


Generous and understanding and tolerant


magnanimous; large; big

Context examples:

a heart big enough to hold no grudges / that's very big of you to be so forgiving / a large and generous spirit / a large heart / magnanimous toward his enemies


generous (not petty in character and mind)

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