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From Middle French magnificent, from Latin magnificentior, comparative of magnificus (great in deeds or sentiment, noble, splendid, etc.), from magnus (great) + -ficens, a form of -ficiens, the regular form, in compounds, of faciens, a participle of facere (to do).


  • IPA(key): /mæɡˈnɪfəsənt/
  • Hyphenation: mag‧nif‧i‧cent


magnificent (comparative more magnificent, superlative most magnificent)

  1. Grand, elegant or splendid in appearance.
  2. Grand or noble in action.
  3. Exceptional for its kind.
    • They burned the old gun that used to stand in the dark corner up in the garret, close to the stuffed fox that always grinned so fiercely. Perhaps the reason why he seemed in such a ghastly rage was that he did not come by his death fairly. Otherwise his pelt would not have been so perfect. And why else was he put away up there out of sight?—and so magnificent a brush as he had too.

Derived terms

  • magnificently
  • magnificent frigatebird

Related terms

  • magnificence
  • beneficent
  • maleficent
  • munificent


Further reading

  • magnificent in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • magnificent in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • magnificent at OneLook Dictionary Search




  1. third-person plural present active subjunctive of magnificō

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