From Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search



  • IPA(key): /mjuːˈnɪfɪsəns/
    • (file)

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle French munificence, from Latin munificentia, from munus (gift) + facio (I make).


munificence (usually uncountable, plural munificences)

  1. The quality of being munificent; generosity.
    • 1769, Firishta, translated by Alexander Dow, Tales translated from the Persian of Inatulla of Delhi, volume I, Dublin: P. and W. Wilson et al., page 3:
      Now the happy king laid the forehead of thankſgiving upon the duſt of gratitude; he opened the doors of his wealth to the four winds, and enriched the world, at once, with his munificence.
    • 1845, Lydia Sigourney, Scenes in my Native Land, The Great Oak of Geneseo, pages 86–87:
      And surely, no form of munificence should entitle to a more grateful and lasting remembrance, than that which promotes the right education of youth;...
Related terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Compare Latin munire (to fortify).



  1. (obsolete) Means of defence; fortification.



Learned borrowing from Latin munificentia (generosity), from munus (gift).



munificence f (plural munificences)

  1. generosity, munificence, liberality
    Synonym: largesse
    • 1844, Honoré de Balzac, Modeste Mignon:
      Ce naïf soldat, [...] se crut l’homme le plus heureux du monde, en se voyant propriétaire d’une maison que la munificence de son chef garnit d’un joli mobilier [...]
      The naive soldier, [] thought himself the luckiest man in the world when he found himself the owner of a house which, thanks to his superior's munificence, was fitted out with some very nice furniture []

Derived terms[edit]

Further reading[edit]