adjective Etymology: back-formation from munificence, from Latin munificentia, from munificus generous, from munus service, gift — more at mean Date: 1581 1. very liberal in giving or bestowing ; lavish 2. characterized by great liberality or generosity Synonyms: see liberalmunificence nounmunificently adverb

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  • munificent — MUNIFICÉNT, Ă, munificenţi, te, adj. (livr.) Foarte darnic; generos. – Din fr. munificent. Trimis de laurap, 04.04.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  MUNIFICÉNT adj. v. culant, darnic, generos, mărinimos. Trimis de siveco, 13.09.2007. Sursa: Sinonime … …   Dicționar Român

  • munificent — munificent, ente [ mynifisɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • 1840; de munificence ♦ Littér. Qui a de la munificence. ⇒ généreux, large, libéral, magnifique. ● munificent, munificente adjectif Littéraire. Très généreux. munificent, ente adj. D une grande générosité …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Munificent — Mu*nif i*cent, a. [L. munificus; munus service, gift + ficare (in comp.) to make. Cf. {Immunity}, { fy}.] Very liberal in giving or bestowing; lavish; as, a munificent benefactor. {Mu*nif i*cent*ly}, adv. Syn: Bounteous; bountiful; liberal;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • munificent — (adj.) 1580s, back formation from munificence, or else from L. munificent , stem of munificus bountiful, liberal, generous (see MUNIFICENCE (Cf. munificence)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • munificent — [myo͞o nif′ə sənt] adj. [L munificens < munificus, bountiful < munus, a gift (akin to munia: see MUNICIPAL) + facere, to make: see DO1] 1. very generous in giving; lavish 2. characterized by great generosity [a munificent reward]… …   English World dictionary

  • munificent — index benevolent, charitable (benevolent), liberal (generous), nonprofit, philanthropic, profuse …   Law dictionary

  • munificent — bountiful, bounteous, openhanded, *liberal, generous, handsome Analogous words: benevolent, *charitable, philanthropic, eleemosynary, altruistic: *profuse, lavish, prodigal …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • munificent — [adj] giving, generous beneficent, benevolent, big, big hearted, bounteous, bountiful, charitable, free, handsome, kind, lavish, liberal, loose, magnanimous, openhanded, philanthropic, rich, unsparing, unstinting; concepts 334,401 Ant. careful,… …   New thesaurus

  • munificent — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ very generous. DERIVATIVES munificence noun munificently adverb. ORIGIN Latin munificus, from munus gift …   English terms dictionary

  • munificent — [[t]mjuːnɪ̱fɪsənt[/t]] ADJ GRADED A munificent person is very generous. [FORMAL] of the country s most munificent artistic benefactors. ...a munificent donation …   English dictionary

  • munificent — munificence, munificentness, n. munificently, adv. /myooh nif euh seuhnt/, adj. 1. extremely liberal in giving; very generous. 2. characterized by great generosity: a munificent bequest. [1575 85; back formation from L munificentia generosity,… …   Universalium

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