[syn: big, large, magnanimous]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Magnanimous \Mag*nan"i*mous\, a.[L. magnanimus; magnus great +
animus mind. See Magnate, and Animus.]
1. 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
Be magnanimous in the enterprise. --Shak.
To give a kingdom hath been thought
Greater and nobler done, and to lay down
Far more magnanimous than to assume. --Milton.
2. Dictated by or exhibiting nobleness of soul; honorable;
noble; not selfish.
Both strived for death; magnanimous debate.
There is an indissoluble union between a magnanimous
policy and the solid rewards of public prosperity
and felicity. --Washington.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: noble and generous in spirit; "a greathearted general";
"a magnanimous conqueror" [syn: greathearted,
2: generous and understanding and tolerant; "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" [syn: big, large,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
77 Moby Thesaurus words for "magnanimous":
altruistic, august, benevolent, big, bighearted, bounteous,
bountiful, charitable, chivalrous, conciliatory, considerate,
distinguished, elevated, eminent, exalted, famous, forbearant,
forbearing, forgiving, free, freehanded, freehearted, generous,
giving, glorious, godlike, gracious, great, great of heart,
greathearted, handsome, heroic, high, high-minded, hospitable,
idealistic, indulgent, kind, knightly, large, largehearted, lauded,
lavish, lenient, liberal, lofty, long-suffering, longanimous,
magnificent, majestic, munificent, noble, noble-minded, open,
openhanded, openhearted, patient, placable, princely, profuse,
prominent, renowned, soaring, sparing, stintless, sublime, superb,
tolerant, tolerating, towering, ungrudging, unresentful,
unrevengeful, unselfish, unsparing, unstinted, unstinting