Word of the Week: Munificent

CliffsNotes February 13, 2017

 

Word: Munificent (adj.)

Meaning: extremely liberal in giving; very generous

Synonyms: benevolent, charitable

If you ever receive something that's munificent, you must be sure to thank the giver with a handwritten note. After all, munificent means very generous or lavish — and you don't want to seem ungrateful.

The root of the word lies in munificus, Latin for bountiful or generous.

In Wuthering Heights, housekeeper Nelly Dean is reluctant to leave 5-year-old Hareton in order to accompany newly married (and very spoiled) Catherine to her new home:

When I refused to go, and when [Catherine] found her entreaties did not move me, she went lamenting to her husband and brother. The former offered me munificent wages; the latter ordered me to pack up: he wanted no women in the house....


 
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