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  • Generous or forgiving, especially toward a rival or less powerful person.

    ‘she should be magnanimous in victory’
    • ‘More importantly, the ode implies that Henri is generous and magnanimous.’
    • ‘She decided that, in light of the news she was going to share, she could be magnanimous and forgive Aria.’
    • ‘It should be realised that without their good will and magnanimous gesture, such a major project as this could not go ahead.’
    • ‘He had his days of disappointment too, but he was equally gracious and magnanimous in both victory and defeat.’
    • ‘He always showed a wonderful degree of sportsmanship and in victory or defeat was magnanimous to the other side.’
    • ‘I wish to thank you for all your support last night and the magnanimous gesture of giving me your water bottle.’
    • ‘King Frederick William, in a magnanimous gesture, presented the entire room to the tsar.’
    • ‘But the experience, sadly, left them neither magnanimous nor humble in victory.’
    • ‘Matilda's inability to be magnanimous in victory had cost the country another 12 years of civil war.’
    • ‘Haney is a true sportsman, always magnanimous and complimentary to his rivals.’
    • ‘If you can quieten the Paris crowd you have half the battle won and they proved themselves magnanimous in defeat by giving the Scots a rousing cheer at the final whistle.’
    • ‘It was his first domestic reverse as Celtic manager, and a painful one, but he was calm and magnanimous as he congratulated Rangers that afternoon.’
    • ‘His was a perfectly balanced personality - tolerant, truthful, perspicuous and magnanimous.’
    • ‘Before I was short-tempered and abrasive, but now I have learned the art of becoming more magnanimous.’
    • ‘But despite his disappointment, McCallion was more than magnanimous in defeat.’
    • ‘It sounds like a very magnanimous thing for Google to do - to build a virtual library of Alexandria, but there is a solid business reason as well.’
    • ‘It was magnanimous of Mr Beattie to accept responsibility for the failures in our power supply.’
    • ‘The tragic blunders of the era of reconstruction came from the lack of such magnanimous politics.’
    • ‘It is easy to be magnanimous, of course, when things go well for you.’
    • ‘The parents have been magnanimous, and both the parent-teacher association and action group have worked well as a team.’
    generous, charitable, benevolent, beneficent, open-handed, big-hearted, great-hearted, munificent, bountiful, liberal, handsome, princely, altruistic, kind, kindly, philanthropic, chivalrous, noble
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/maɡˈnanəməs/ /mæɡˈnænəməs/


Mid 16th century from Latin magnanimus (from magnus ‘great’ + animus ‘soul’) + -ous.