Mag*nan"i*mous (?), a.[L. magnanimus; magnus great + animus mind. See Magnate, and Animus.]


Great of mind; elevated in soul or in sentiment; raised above what is low, mean, or ungenerous; of lofty and courageous spirit; as, a magnanimous character; a magnanimous conqueror.

Be magnanimous in the enterprise. Shak.

To give a kingdom hath been thought Greater and nobler done, and to law down Far more magnanimousan to assume. Milton.


Dictated by or exhibiting nobleness of soul; honorable; noble; not selfish.

Both strived for death; magnanimous debate. Stirling.

There is an indissoluble union between a magnanimous policy and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity. Washington.


© Webster 1913.

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