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1. Very liberal in giving; generous: a munificent benefactor.
2. Showing great generosity: a munificent gift. See Synonyms at liberal.
[Latin mūnificēns, mūnificent-, from mūnificus : mūnus, gift; see mei-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + facere, to make; see fact.]
1. (of a person) very generous; bountiful
2. (of a gift) generous; liberal
[C16: back formation from Latin mūnificentia liberality, from mūnificus, from mūnus gift + facere to make]
muˈnificence, muˈnificentness n
mu•nif•i•cent(myuˈnɪf ə sənt)
characterized by or displaying great generosity.
[1575–85; < Latin mūnificent-, s., in derivation, of mūnific(us) performing one's obligations, bountiful, generous =mūni(a) functions, duties + -ficus -fic; compare magnificent]
syn: See generous.
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|Adj.||1.||munificent - very generous; "distributed gifts with a lavish hand"; "the critics were lavish in their praise"; "a munificent gift"; "his father gave him a half-dollar and his mother a quarter and he thought them munificent"; "prodigal praise"; "unsparing generosity"; "his unstinted devotion"; "called for unstinting aid to Britain"|
generous - willing to give and share unstintingly; "a generous donation"