Definition of munificent in US English:



  • 1(of a gift or sum of money) larger or more generous than is usual or necessary.

    ‘a munificent gesture’
    • ‘In addition, it offers munificent subsidies to the evacuees to pay for affordable second-hand living quarters.’
    • ‘This gave him a munificent remuneration package of €343,000 when he resigned in July.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even if a population increasingly worried about its jobs actually spends those munificent $300 and $600 checks, the money will largely go for imports.’
    • ‘Because she gives quantities of money to unglamorous charities, and is especially munificent towards orphans?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both are munificent presents from the Canadian Professor, wafted to us by the Gotham Book Mart.’
    • ‘This munificent seven have a total of €7,500 to dole out to clubs before May.’
    • ‘And I was, at what seemed to me to be the munificent salary of $20,000 a year, plus expenses.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's important that we not think we'd be munificent benefactors, bringing a sack full of goodies to share.’
    • ‘Handing me things and giving me advice left and right, the backstage women were quickly turning from munificent to officious.’
    • ‘That position includes not only a munificent salary, but travel opportunities.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, the Confederate navy had never been given munificent funds to work with.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Henry Clay Frick left his house and collection to New York in 1919 and Isabella Stewart Gardner was equally munificent to Boston in 1924.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    generous, bountiful, open-handed, magnanimous, philanthropic, princely, handsome, lavish, unstinting, free-handed, unstinted, liberal, free, charitable, big-hearted, beneficent, ungrudging
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    1. 1.1 (of a person) very generous.
      • ‘He seems like an exceptionally considerate and munificent boy.’
      • ‘Admidst family, friends and fireworks, the munificent Michael swept 29-year-old Ms Murphy off her feet with a specially designed marquise cut diamond solitaire.’
      • ‘Who does not desire to be hospitable to his friends, generous to the poor, liberal to all, munificent to his children, and to be himself free from the carking fear which poverty creates?’
      • ‘They were munificent patrons of artists, poets and scholars.’
      • ‘Possibly called Philip after his uncle Philip Sidney, he was a munificent patron and lifelong benefactor of the artist Van Dyck and playwright Philip Massinger.’


Late 16th century: from Latin munificent- (stem of munificentior, comparative of munificus ‘bountiful’), from munus ‘gift’.