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Definition of magnanimous adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

magnanimous

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//mæɡˈnænɪməs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//mæɡˈnænɪməs//
 
(formal) Kind
 
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kind, generous and forgiving, especially towards an enemy or a rival a magnanimous gesture He was magnanimous in defeat and praised his opponent's skill. See related entries: Kind Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from Latin magnanimus (from magnus ‘great’ + animus ‘soul’) + -ous.Extra examples He was magnanimous in defeat and praised his opponent’s skill. Pardoning the conspirators was seen as a magnanimous gesture. The regime had to decide whether to be magnanimous in victory.
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