Definition of munificent in English:



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

    ‘a munificent gesture’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even if a population increasingly worried about its jobs actually spends those munificent $300 and $600 checks, the money will largely go for imports.’
    • ‘This gave him a munificent remuneration package of €343,000 when he resigned in July.’
    • ‘That position includes not only a munificent salary, but travel opportunities.’
    • ‘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.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They were munificent patrons of artists, poets and scholars.’
      • ‘He seems like an exceptionally considerate and munificent boy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’


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