—magnificently, adv. —magnificentness, n./mag nif"euh seuhnt/, adj.1. making a splendid appearance or show; of exceptional beauty, size, etc.: a magnificent cathedral; magnificent scenery.2. extraordinarily fine; superb: a magnificent opportunity; magnificent weather.3. noble; sublime: a magnificent poem.4. (usually cap.) (formerly used as a title of some rulers) great; grand: Lorenzo the Magnificent.5. lavishly munificent; extravagant: a magnificent inheritance.[1425-75; late ME < MF < L magnificent- (s. recorded in comp., superl., and other forms) for magnificus. See MAGNIFIC, -ENT]Syn. 1. majestic, sumptuous, opulent; exquisite, sublime. MAGNIFICENT, GORGEOUS, SPLENDID, SUPERB are terms of high admiration and all are used informally in weak exaggeration. Something that is MAGNIFICENT is beautiful, princely, grand, or ostentatious: a magnificent display of paintings; a magnificent view of the harbor.That which is GORGEOUS moves one to admiration by the richness and (often colorful) variety of its effects: a gorgeous array of handsome gifts. That which is SPLENDID is dazzling or impressive in its brilliance, radiance, or excellence: splendid jewels; a splendid body of scholars. That which is SUPERB is above others in, or is of the highest degree of, excellence, elegance, or (less often, today) grandeur: a superb concert; superb wines.Ant. 1. modest; poor.
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