/mag nan"euh meuhs/, adj.
1. generous in forgiving an insult or injury; free from petty resentfulness or vindictiveness: to be magnanimous toward one's enemies.
2. high-minded; noble: a just and magnanimous ruler.
3. proceeding from or revealing generosity or nobility of mind, character, etc.: a magnanimous gesture of forgiveness.
[1575-85; < L magnanimus great-souled, equiv. to magn(us) MAGN- + anim(us) spirit, soul, mind + -us -OUS]
Syn. 1. big, liberal, unspiteful. 2. See noble.

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