Vocabulary Building: “MAGNANIMOUS” – Meaning and Usage

In today’s video we’ll continue to expand our vocabulary and learn a new English word – “magnanimous.”

Let’s break it into parts and study the word’s origin.

The root of the word – “anim” comes from Latin “anima,” which means “soul” or “mind.”

Prefix “magn-” comes from the Latin word “magnus” and means “great.”

And suffix “-ous” in English helps form an adjective.

And thus, the literal meaning of “magnanimous” is simply “having a great soul.”

To be magnanimous means to be generous, to have a giving nature.

Here is an example of how to use the word in a sentence:

“The businessman’s magnanimous contributions made a big difference for the people he helped.”



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