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  • She was in a munificent mood and contributed a million dollars to the cause.
  • a munificent gift
  • However, even the most munificent of tips lose their effect when a Director of the Company is on board and issues his orders.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • repeated deeds of munificent yet unobtrusive charity
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher

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  • The die was cast one winter’s day when I received a summons from the Dominion Wildlife Service informing me that I had been hired at the munificent salary of one hundred and twenty dollars a month, and that I "would" report to Ottawa at once.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Nearly everything she possessed flowed from Nathan’s munificence, including even (she said with a giggle) her diaphragm.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • ’Oh, Peter!’ cried Bobbie, quite overcome by this munificence, ’not your own dear little engine that you’re so fond of?’
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • The work appears to be light and the pay munificent.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • He gave a great symphony conductor a munificent yearly income, for no work at all, on the sole condition that he never conduct an orchestra again.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • But despite this apparent munificence, the meat he’d been killing was very lean, and he was consuming fewer calories than he was burning.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild

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  • The College of Cardinals had obviously chosen a noble and munificent leader.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Again: Tellson’s was a munificent house, and extended great liberality to old customers who had fallen from their high estate.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • The seizure of the multi-billion dollar d’Anconia Copper was to come as a munificent surprise to the country.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The former offered me munificent wages; the latter ordered me to pack up: he wanted no women in the house, he said, now that there was no mistress; and as to Hareton, the curate should take him in hand, by-and-by.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • She was badly frightened now, her left hand clenched into a tight fist just above her munificent bosom.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • "The Vatican will always be grateful for that," the secretariat said, his tone appeasing, "and yet there are those who still believe your financial munificence in 1982 is the only reason you were granted prelature status in the first place."
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • I lost my head, I yielded to black anger, but now I would retract it and appease him with all munificence.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • You thought to escape my munificence, but it is in vain.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • I didn’t even think of it as giving myself to him, because what did I have to give? I did not feel munificent, but thankful, each time he would let me in.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • When he saw me he made me a low bow, and assured me that I was a munificent patron of art.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • The beadle stood dumfounded, not able to understand this untimely munificence when there were still so many things for the stranger to see.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • ’When he was waiting to be the object of your munificence, so freely bestowed for my sake, and when I was unhappy in the mercenary shape I was made to wear, I thought it would have become him better to have worked his own way on.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Occupied by his own munificence, Aziz noticed nothing.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Though he was not a fortune-hunter, the possibility that Lucetta had been sublimed into a lady of means by some munificent testament on the part of this relative lent a charm to her image which it might not otherwise have acquired.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Bounderby,’ retorted Mrs. Sparsit, ’your will is to me a law, sir; otherwise, it might be my inclination to dispute your kind commands, not feeling sure that it will be quite so agreeable to Miss Gradgrind to receive me, as it ever is to your own munificent hospitality.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • The power of his deportment was such that they really were as much overcome with thankfulness as if, instead of quartering himself upon them for the rest of his life, he were making some munificent sacrifice in their favour.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • She is, you are aware, a woman of most munificent disposition, and happily in possession—not I presume of great wealth, but of funds which she can well spare.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • And yet," said he, recollecting himself, "as I would not spare my own old and disabled limbs in the good cause of Old England, so Malkin must e’en run her hazard on the same venture; and it may be they will think our poor house worthy of some munificent guerdon—or, it may be, they will send the old Prior a pacing nag.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • And since he must support himself in some form not absolutely incompatible with the standing of the Griffiths family here in Lycurgus, it was decided to pay him the munificent sum of fifteen dollars to begin.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • How she had organized for Velutha to be educated and given him a job … Mammachi, though annoyed at his drunkenness, wasn’t averse to listening to bardic stories about herself and her family’s Christian munificence.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • She had left her husband behind her, but had brought her children, to whom Isabel now played with equal munificence and tenderness the part of maiden-aunt.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • (The motion to admit "the ladies" was defeated 16-12, although this policy of exclusion would be reversed in later years, only to be restored in modern times.) Although Senators were paid the munificent sum of $6 per day, and their privileges included the use of great silver snuffboxes on the Senate floor, the aristocratic manners which had characterized the first Senate were strangely out of place when the struggling hamlet of Washington became the capital city in 1800, for its rugged…
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • …and were all intrinsically rich and noble, without tinsel, or external ostentation; that he filled every relation in life with the most adequate virtue; that he was most piously religious to his Creator, most zealously loyal to his sovereign; a most tender husband to his wife, a kind relation, a munificent patron, a warm and firm friend, a knowing and a chearful companion, indulgent to his servants, hospitable to his neighbours, charitable to the poor, and benevolent to all mankind.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • VOLP: You are too munificent.
    Ben Jonson  --  Volpone
  • She had left her husband behind her, but had brought her children, to whom Isabel now played with equal munificence and tenderness the part of maiden-aunt.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • The veteran soon caused this set of patriotic disinterestedness to be followed by another of private munificence, that, however little it accorded with prudence, was in perfect conformity with the simple integrity of his own views.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • The little shrunken financier was intensely delighted to have questions asked him, and he scraped together information, by frugal processes, and took notes, in his little greasy pocket-book, of incidents which might interest his munificent friend.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • Madame Merle had predicted to Mrs. Touchett that after their young friend had put her hand into her pocket half a dozen times she would be reconciled to the idea that it had been filled by a munificent uncle; and the event justified, as it had so often justified before, that lady’s perspicacity.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • I particularly wish, and intend, to act munificently, Mr Clennam.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Nicholas could not go to bed without expatiating on the excellences and munificence of the brothers Cheeryble, and relating the great success which had attended his efforts that day.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • ]] Under the rule of an aristocracy it frequently happens, on the contrary, that whilst the high officers are receiving munificent salaries, the inferior ones have not more than enough to procure the necessaries of life.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • The delighted recipients of these munificent gifts would gladly have poured out their thanks to their generous benefactor, but they had seen him, upon quitting the hut, merely give some orders to a sailor, and then springing lightly on horseback, leave Marseilles by the Porte d’Aix.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • When Pansy kissed him before going to bed he returned her embrace with even more than his usual munificence, and Isabel wondered if he meant it as a hint that his daughter had been injured by the machinations of her stepmother.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • She smiles down upon us, generous, munificent.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • It appeared to him a very natural movement in Bulstrode that he should have reconsidered his refusal: it corresponded with the more munificent side of his character.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Since I have been absent, I have had, in that poor fellow who is gone, perpetually before my eyes, another instance of the munificent liberality of these noble brothers.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Madame Merle had predicted to Mrs. Touchett that after their young friend had put her hand into her pocket half a dozen times she would be reconciled to the idea that it had been filled by a munificent uncle; and the event justified, as it had so often justified before, that lady’s perspicacity.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • When Pansy kissed him before going to bed he returned her embrace with even more than his usual munificence, and Isabel wondered if he meant it as a hint that his daughter had been injured by the machinations of her stepmother.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Up to this time the best he had been able to do was to work at such odd jobs as befall all boys between their twelfth and fifteenth years: assisting a man who had a paper route during the summer months of one year, working in the basement of a five-and-ten-cent store all one summer long, and on Saturdays, for a period during the winter, opening boxes and unpacking goods, for which he received the munificent sum of five dollars a week, a sum which at the time seemed almost a fortune.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • With the reasons which kept Bulstrode in dread of Raffles there flashed the thought that the dread might have something to do with his munificence towards his medical man; and though he resisted the suggestion that it had been consciously accepted in any way as a bribe, he had a foreboding that this complication of things might be of malignant effect on Lydgate’s reputation.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
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