magnanimous | magnanimity

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GRE

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Banks

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Civil Services

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Meaning(s)

kind and generous towards somebody

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magnanimous - generous

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If you are ‘magnanimous’, then you are understanding or benevolent towards somebody, usually a person who you have defeated or has treated you badly. It implies being a gracious winner, or being the bigger person in a dispute or argument. The word only has positive connotations.

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Synonyms gracious,charitable
Antonyms resentful,begrudging

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  1. I could have made things very difficult for David when he left for a rival company without giving notice, but I instead decided to be magnanimous about it.

  2. In what was a wonderfully magnanimous gesture, Andrea shared her prize money with me after beating me in a closely contested final.

  3. The boss’s decision to drop the lawsuit is a testament to her magnanimity and unwillingness to bear grudges.

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