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From magnus (big) +‎ animus (soul, spirit), calque of Ancient Greek μεγαλόψυχος (megalópsukhos). Compare pusillanimis.



magnanimus (feminine magnanima, neuter magnanimum, comparative magis magnanimus, superlative maximē magnanimus); first/second-declension adjective

  1. brave, bold, noble
  2. magnanimous
  3. generous


First/second-declension adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative magnanimus magnanima magnanimum magnanimī magnanimae magnanima
Genitive magnanimī magnanimae magnanimī magnanimōrum magnanimārum magnanimōrum
Dative magnanimō magnanimō magnanimīs
Accusative magnanimum magnanimam magnanimum magnanimōs magnanimās magnanima
Ablative magnanimō magnanimā magnanimō magnanimīs
Vocative magnanime magnanima magnanimum magnanimī magnanimae magnanima

Derived terms[edit]



  • magnanimus”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • magnanimus”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • magnanimus in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • magnanimus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette