magnanimous meaning, magnanimous definition | English Cobuild dictionary



If you are magnanimous, you behave kindly and generously towards someone, especially after defeating them or being treated badly by them.      adj   (=generous)     (Antonym: vindictive)    I was prepared to be magnanimous, prepared to feel compassion for him...     
  magnanimously      adv   usu ADV with v  
`You were right, and we were wrong,' he said magnanimously.     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  


beneficent, big, big-hearted, bountiful, charitable, free, generous, great-hearted, handsome, high-minded, kind, kindly, munificent, noble, open-handed, selfless, ungrudging, unselfish, unstinting  
   miserly, petty, resentful, selfish, small, unforgiving, vindictive  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

! it is characteristic of a magnanimous soul to consult the other n.
c'est le propre d'une âme magnanime de consulter les autres

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