Vocabulary Building: “MAGNIFICENT” – Meaning and Usage

In today’s video we’ll continue to expand our vocabulary and learn a new English word – “magnificent.” Let’s break it into parts and study the word’s origin.

The root of the word – “fic” comes from Latin “facere,” which means “to do, to make.”

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

And suffix “-ent” in English helps form an adjective and means “he who” or “that which.”

And thus, the literal meaning of “magnificent” is simply “he who or that which does great.”

To be magnificent means to be great, to do great work, to project greatness.

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

“The speaker was magnificent in his delivery.”



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