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1 Magnanimity on Thu Dec 02, 2010 11:39 am

Magnanimity (derived from the Latin roots magn- great, and anima, soul, literally means greatly generous) is the virtue of being great of mind and heart. It encompasses, usually, a refusal to be petty, a willingness to face danger, and actions for noble purposes. Its antithesis is pusillanimity. Magnanimity is a latinization of the Greek word megalopsuchia which means greatness of soul and was identified by Aristotle as "the crowning virtue". Although the word magnanimity has a traditional connection to Aristotelian philosophy, it also has its own tradition in English which now causes some confusion.[1]
Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary of the American Language defines Magnanimity as such:

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