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”).
- Grand, elegant or splendid in appearance.
- Grand or noble in action.
- Exceptional for its kind.
1879, Richard Jefferies, chapter 1, The Amateur Poacher:
- […] 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.
2011 October 23, Phil McNulty, “Man Utd 1-6 Man City”, BBC Sport:
- Substitute Edin Dzeko scrambled in a fourth and the magnificent David Silva ran clear to add another, before the Bosnian striker inflicted the final wound seconds from the end.
- magnificent in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- magnificent in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- magnificent at OneLook Dictionary Search
- third-person plural present active subjunctive of magnificō