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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Handing me things and giving me advice left and right, the backstage women were quickly turning from munificent to officious.’
    • ‘And who can overlook the munificent healthcare plans union members get?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both are munificent presents from the Canadian Professor, wafted to us by the Gotham Book Mart.’
    • ‘However, the Confederate navy had never been given munificent funds to work with.’
    • ‘And I was, at what seemed to me to be the munificent salary of $20,000 a year, plus expenses.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's important that we not think we'd be munificent benefactors, bringing a sack full of goodies to share.’
    • ‘In addition, it offers munificent subsidies to the evacuees to pay for affordable second-hand living quarters.’
    • ‘Even if a population increasingly worried about its jobs actually spends those munificent $300 and $600 checks, the money will largely go for imports.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This munificent seven have a total of €7,500 to dole out to clubs before May.’
    • ‘Because she gives quantities of money to unglamorous charities, and is especially munificent towards orphans?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘They were munificent patrons of artists, poets and scholars.’


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