Magnanimous
Magnanimous Mag*nan"i*mous, a.[L. magnanimus; magnus great + animus mind. See {Magnate}, and {Animus}.] 1. Great of mind; elevated in soul or in sentiment; raised above what is low, mean, or ungenerous; of lofty and courageous spirit; as, a magnanimous character; a magnanimous conqueror. [1913 Webster]

Be magnanimous in the enterprise. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

To give a kingdom hath been thought Greater and nobler done, and to lay down Far more magnanimous than to assume. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Dictated by or exhibiting nobleness of soul; honorable; noble; not selfish. [1913 Webster]

Both strived for death; magnanimous debate. --Stirling. [1913 Webster]

There is an indissoluble union between a magnanimous policy and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity. --Washington. [1913 Webster]


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