magnanimity


magnanimity
magnanimity (n.) mid-14c., "loftiness of thought or purpose," from O.Fr. magnanimité "high-mindedness, generosity of spirit," from L. magnanimitatem (nom. magnanimitas) "greatness of soul, high-mindedness," from magnanimus "having a great soul," from magnus "great" (see MAGNATE (Cf. magnate)) + animus "mind, soul, spirit" (see ANIMUS (Cf. animus)). Probably a loan-translation of Gk. megalopsykhos "high-souled, generous" (Aristotle) or megathymus "great-hearted."

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  • magnanimity — noun (plural ties) Date: 14th century 1. the quality of being magnanimous ; loftiness of spirit enabling one to bear trouble calmly, to disdain meanness and pettiness, and to display a noble generosity 2. a magnanimous act …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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