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Below you will find the definition of magnanimous, followed by 38 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - noble and generous in spirit
EXAMPLES - Magnanimous in a Sentence
- I felt magnanimous, so I offered to buy my devilish friend lunch. (source)
- Or the magnanimous Islam of mercy and wisdom lived by Prophet Muhammad? (source)
- He was always generous in the floor debates and magnanimous in his language. (source)
- In a statement, Hanabusa called Case's decision a "most magnanimous gesture." (source)
- Pickens 'shareholders paid a pretty penny for his "magnanimous" public policy. (source)
- He is, in short, magnanimous (for instance, he forgives his enemies their offences). (source)
- _ I guess I want to make sure Mr. CULCHARD isn't that kind of magnanimous man himself. (source)
- The NSDs will spin how "magnanimous" corporate was for helping get those last orders in. (source)
- He described his department as "magnanimous" for not yet acting against striking teachers. (source)
- "magnanimous" in victory as the Bama students were to me when I went downtown after the game. (source)
- Heilemann said the former Time Washington bureau chief was "magnanimous" when he arrived at the fete. (source)
- But David Cameron was very magnanimous and very generous, so they shared the stage together, very much. (source)
- Later another message from Smedley to Massa was aired as he thanked the 29-year-old for being "magnanimous". (source)
- PBS and NPR receive buckets of dough from big advertisers, who these days are known as magnanimous "sponsors." (source)
- After the race, and again via the radio, a clearly embarrassed Smedley thanked Massa for being so "magnanimous". (source)
- Maybe he was some kind of magnanimous insulter who just wanted the guy to sprain an ankle and not suffer suffer long term harm. (source)
- The magnanimous style of leadership he made his own was central in pulling the nation together after years of struggle and injustice. (source)
- Morally magnanimous -- and deeply savvy in its grasp of national security -- this is the wisdom that will deliver "peaceful tomorrows." (source)
- By all accounts, Oprah Winfrey made a magnanimous gesture by handing out iPads and $10,000 checks to all the employees of her O Magazine. (source)
- Their answer is for a platonic oligarchy of a rich class which in magnanimous good will is supposed to provide "jobs" for the middle class. (source)
- GIFFORD: So the prime minister, Gordon Brown, trying to, you know, seem that he is being magnanimous and he could consider all sorts of things. (source)
- And given the sensitive, personal nature of this matter, Sarah will come off as a magnanimous force of nature, hence a great candidate for the Presidency in 2012. (source)
- Ain't it amazing though how 'magnanimous' the victors can be -- even though said victors deny to the nth degree that they have in fact defeated the indigenous peoples? (source)
- If we embrace it with magnanimous grace and good humor, as part and parcel of the ongoing mythic adventure of our path, we stand to gain great satisfaction in the process. (source)
- He became uneasily conscious his own part in it could not be overlooked, that he was doing something that evilly-disposed persons might even call magnanimous or philanthropic. (source)
- Red Bull technical chief Adrian Newey has urged Sebastian Vettel to be "magnanimous" should he find himself in a position where he can help Mark Webber become Formula One world champion. (source)
- In consequence of this refusal -- called magnanimous by contemporary writers -- to accept his property under such conditions, the estates were detained from him for a considerable time longer. (source)
- He was hard, he was cold, he was contemptuous, he was "magnanimous," he "remembered his whip" when he went with women, he loved war for its own sake, and he dwelt alone on the top of the mountains. (source)
- No, there's no doubt about this, that I think what you saw two today, fundamentally, were people who put the cause ahead of their personal ambitions, with Romney's kind of magnanimous stepping aside. (source)
- If you're stuck in a diabolically long "oh-fer," it doesn't really matter whether it's a lucky, deflected goal or a fortunate bloop single that turns into a hit thanks to a magnanimous official scorer. (source)
- Yesterday on CNBC, Jim Cramer said he was going to be "magnanimous" and give the new Treasury Secretary and former New York Fed president Tim Geithner, the "benefit of the doubt," or words to that effect. (source)
- Mighty of heart, mighty of mind -- "magnanimous" -- to be this, is, indeed, to be great in life; to become this increasingly, is, indeed, to "advance in life," -- in life itself -- not in the trappings of it. (source)
- Coward himself was being beastly at the time; his savagely satirical ditty poured scorn on those few voices in World War II Britain rash enough to contemplate a magnanimous postwar rapprochement with the hated Hun. (source)
- But if they truly believe that it will do for humanity what is claimed for it, I do not see why it should be called magnanimous for a woman to say, I yield to man just what he has always asserted as his, the right to rule. (source)
- Such an eulogium at such a time is a wonderful instance of loving forbearance with a true-hearted follower's weakness, and of a desire which, in a man, we should call magnanimous, to shield John's character from depreciation on account of his message. (source)
- Dr. Weizman, in magnanimous terms, said, "I want nothing for myself, but the Jews are interested in re-establishing in Palestine a cultural home, a religious home, and we would be glad to have the support of the Allies, particularly the British, in our ambition." (source)
- NEW DELHI: Asking it to be "magnanimous", the Supreme Court has directed Jammu and Kashmir government to pay House Rent Allowance and City Compensatory Allowance to over 3,500 Kashmiri Pandit government employees who fled the valley and settled in Jammu due to terrorist threats. (source)
- Henry Pfafflin, co-chair of the Sunset Heights chapter of ACORN and a member of anti-Asarco group Get The Lead Out, said the Sun City Events expo was another example of what he called a large international effort of the mining community to make themselves "magnanimous" to the residents affected by the industry. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 38 example sentences provided below is 51.0, which suggests that "magnanimous" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 32 synonyms for magnanimous.
Santa Claus, all heart, altruistic, beneficent, benevolent, big, bighearted, bountiful, charitable, considerate, forgiving, free, generous, great, greathearted, handsome, has heart in right place, high-minded, kindly, knightly, liberal, lofty, loose, munificent, noble, openhanded, selfless, soft, soft-touch, ungrudging, unselfish, unstinting
We have 6 antonyms for magnanimous.
mean, petty, selfish, stingy, suspicious, uncharitable
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of magnanimous from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Courageously noble in mind and heart.
- (adjective) Generous in forgiving; eschewing resentment or revenge; unselfish.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) Noble and generous in spirit.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Great of mind; elevated in soul or in sentiment; raised above what is low, mean, or ungenerous; of lofty and courageous spirit
- (adjective) Dictated by or exhibiting nobleness of soul; honorable; noble; not selfish.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Great of mind or heart; of high and steadfast courage; elevated in. soul or in sentiment; high-minded; raised above what is low, mean, or ungenerous.
- (None) Dictated by greatness of mind or heart; exhibiting nobleness of soul; liberal and honorable; unselfish.
- (None) Synonyms Generous (see noble); high-minded, great-souled, chivalrous.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) noble and generous in spirit
- (adjective) generous and understanding and tolerant