What does magnificence mean?

magnificence meaning in General Dictionary

the caliber of becoming magnificent or splendid or grand

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  • splendid or imposing in size or appearance
  • The work of doing understanding magnificent their state or top-notch being magnificent
  • The work of accomplishing exactly what magnificent; their state or top-notch being magnificent.

magnificence meaning in Etymology Dictionary

mid-14c., "great-mindedness, nerve," from Old French magnificence "splendor, nobility, brilliance," from Latin magnificentia "splendor, munificence," from stem of magnificus "great, elevated, noble, eminent," in addition "splendid, rich, good, expensive," literally "doing great deeds," from magnus "great" (see magnate) + cause of facere "to produce" (see factitious). Indicating "greatness, grandeur, glory" in English is from late 14c. That of "beauty, splendor, wealth" is 15c. Among the Aristotelian and scholastic virtues, it translates Greek megaloprepeia "liberality of spending coupled with great taste."


magnificence meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) The act to do what magnificent; their state or top-notch becoming magnificent.


Sentence Examples with the word magnificence

It may simply be said that the general tendency was on the one hand toward the elaboration and growing magnificence of the services, especially after the Church had become a state institution and had taken the place of the older pagan cults, and on the other hand toward the increasing solemnity and mystery of certain parts, particularly the eucharist, the sacred character of which was such as to make it sacrilegious to admit to it the unholy, that is, outsiders or Christians under discipline (cf.

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