- generous in forgiving an insult or injury; free from petty resentfulness or vindictiveness: to be magnanimous toward one’s enemies.
- high-minded; noble: a just and magnanimous ruler.
- proceeding from or revealing generosity or nobility of mind, character, etc.: a magnanimous gesture of forgiveness.
- generous and noble
adj.1580s, a back-formation from magnanimity + -ous, or else from Latin magnanimus “highminded,” literally “great-souled” (see magnanimity). Related: Magnanimously.