Definition of munificent in English:



  • Characterized by or displaying great generosity.

    ‘a munificent bequest’
    ‘a munificent patron of the arts’
    • ‘Even if a population increasingly worried about its jobs actually spends those munificent $300 and $600 checks, the money will largely go for imports.’
    • ‘Both are munificent presents from the Canadian Professor, wafted to us by the Gotham Book Mart.’
    • ‘Perhaps chief amongst these has been the creation in 1994 of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada with a munificent gift of some $10 million from the CRB Foundation to be matched by McGill University.’
    • ‘Because she gives quantities of money to unglamorous charities, and is especially munificent towards orphans?’
    • ‘But whereas the first act of her performance is disciplined, down-to-earth and munificent with wit, the second and third acts are inscrutable, new-agey and dull.’
    • ‘Henry Clay Frick left his house and collection to New York in 1919 and Isabella Stewart Gardner was equally munificent to Boston in 1924.’
    • ‘He found himself having to conduct a war on two fronts - with the Americans to be more generous, and with London to accept that Washington would not be as munificent as they desired.’
    • ‘Handing me things and giving me advice left and right, the backstage women were quickly turning from munificent to officious.’
    • ‘However, the Confederate navy had never been given munificent funds to work with.’
    • ‘And who can overlook the munificent healthcare plans union members get?’
    • ‘Born into a Florida orange-growing dynasty, he was educated at private secondary school, was a Harvard drop-out, and spent his days buoyed by a munificent trust fund.’
    • ‘For his trouble, the new chairman will receive a stipend of €15,236 annually, a drop in the ocean compared to his munificent salary at Jefferson Smurfit.’
    • ‘The journal is looking for a new editor, and the lucky applicant will be given complete freedom and the munificent salary of £70 000 to achieve just one goal: to raise the journal's impact factor.’
    • ‘But given his munificent nature, he would never agree to step off this bridge before imparting to me every single thing he knows about its history.’
    • ‘And I was, at what seemed to me to be the munificent salary of $20,000 a year, plus expenses.’
    • ‘It's important that we not think we'd be munificent benefactors, bringing a sack full of goodies to share.’
    • ‘After more than a decade of munificent salary-and-stock packages, many of America's corporate chieftains are departing with big retirement packages, provoking anger among some worker and shareholder activists.’
    • ‘Third, tight control of cash flow and financial accountability were imposed on an organization that had been accustomed to a munificent past with more relaxed resource-allocation procedures.’
    • ‘This munificent seven have a total of €7,500 to dole out to clubs before May.’
    • ‘In addition, it offers munificent subsidies to the evacuees to pay for affordable second-hand living quarters.’
    • ‘That position includes not only a munificent salary, but travel opportunities.’
    • ‘This gave him a munificent remuneration package of €343,000 when he resigned in July.’
    generous, bountiful, open-handed, magnanimous, philanthropic, princely, handsome, lavish, unstinting, free-handed, unstinted, liberal, free, charitable, big-hearted, beneficent, ungrudging
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Late 16th century: from Latin munificent- (stem of munificentior, comparative of munificus ‘bountiful’), from munus ‘gift’.