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a combining form appearing in loanwords from Latin, where it meant “large,” “great”:

word-forming element meaning “great,” from Latin magni-, comb. form of magnus “great” (see magnate (n.)).


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    [mag-nif-ik] /mægˈnɪf ɪk/ adjective, Archaic. 1. magnificent; imposing. 2. grandiose; pompous. /mæɡˈnɪfɪk/ adjective 1. (archaic) magnificent, grandiose, or pompous

  • Magnification

    [mag-nuh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˌmæg nə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/ noun 1. the act of or the state of being . 2. the power to . Compare (def 20a). 3. a image, drawing, copy, etc. /ˌmæɡnɪfɪˈkeɪʃən/ noun 1. the act of magnifying or the state of being magnified 2. the degree to which something is magnified 3. a copy, […]

  • Magnificence

    [mag-nif-uh-suh ns] /mægˈnɪf ə səns/ noun 1. the quality or state of being ; splendor; grandeur; sublimity: the magnificence of snow-covered mountains; the magnificence of his achievements. 2. impressiveness of surroundings: the magnificence of Versailles. /mæɡˈnɪfɪsəns/ noun 1. the quality of being magnificent n. mid-14c., “great-mindedness, courage,” from Old French magnificence “splendor, nobility, grandeur,” from […]

  • Magnificent

    [mag-nif-uh-suh nt] /mægˈnɪf ə sənt/ adjective 1. making a splendid appearance or show; of exceptional beauty, size, etc.: a magnificent cathedral; magnificent scenery. 2. extraordinarily fine; superb: a magnificent opportunity; magnificent weather. 3. noble; sublime: a magnificent poem. 4. (usually initial capital letter) (formerly used as a title of some rulers) great; grand: Lorenzo the […]

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