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He was magnanimous toward those he conquered.
  kind and generous in spirit — especially toward those defeated in battle
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  • He was magnanimous toward those he conquered.
  • She was conciliatory and magnanimous.
  • He felt that the husband was magnanimous even in his sorrow, while he had been base and petty in his deceit.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  Anna Karenina
  • A spur to valiant and magnanimous deeds,
    Shakespeare, William  --  History of Troilus and Cressida

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  • He only knew that Ender had beaten him, and then rubbed his nose in it by being magnanimous.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • "Oh, before I forget…" He fished a stick of gum from his pocket, a parting gift, and held it out to Aziza with a stiff, magnanimous air.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • I would never have refused anyone who wanted to peek at my answers, I was magnanimous with my candy, and I wasn’t stuck-up.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Ford’s father, magnanimously waving aside the clouds of suspicion that had inevitably settled around him, came to live on Betelgeuse Five, where he both fathered and uncled Ford;
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • DOOLITTLE [sad but magnanimous] They played you off very cunning, Eliza, them two sportsmen.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • ...when she was given a chance to be magnanimous she agreed.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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  • The Germans were too cultured and magnanimous a race, said the newspaper, to confine even parasites like the Jews to ghettos,
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • "...Thanks, Max."
    I hadn’t had anything to do with it, but I smiled and nodded: magnanimous Max.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • Stupid and cunning, ruthless and magnanimous-and that there must be some dominating factor that reconciles his two natures.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • (with magnanimous gesture).
    Samuel Beckett  --  Waiting for Godot
  • When Becky told her father, in strict confidence, how Tom had taken her whipping at school, the Judge was visibly moved; and when she pleaded grace for the mighty lie which Tom had told in order to shift that whipping from her shoulders to his own, the Judge said with a fine outburst that it was a noble, a generous, a magnanimous lie—a lie that was worthy to hold up its head and march down through history breast to breast with George Washington’s lauded Truth about the hatchet!
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • be just a little magnanimous, and have mercy on me.
    Anton Chekhov  --  The Cherry Orchard
  • "Please smoke," she said in a magnanimous yet crushed voice, and turned to discuss with Sokolov the price of the plot for the grave.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  The Death of Ivan Ilych
  • be magnanimous in the enterprise,
    William Shakespeare  --  All’s Well That Ends Well
  • "Why, I’d be delighted," she said magnanimously,
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • "No, my good hagling," said Rasmussen magnanimously.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • She looked at Tom, alarmed now, but he insisted with magnanimous scorn.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • He found favor in the eyes of the mothers by petting the children, particularly the youngest; and like the lion bold, which whilom so magnanimously the lamb did hold, he would sit with a child on one knee, and rock a cradle with his foot for whole hours together.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • "Don’t worry about it with me," Bolt said, waving the air magnanimously.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • "All is forgiven," I said magnanimously.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • If it pleases Your Magnanimous Holiness, I shall call you by your first name.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • Considering his emotional state, I was surprised at his way with me, which if not exactly gracious seemed at least momentarily civil, as if I had been magnanimously excluded from the territory of his rage.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I said, feeling expansive and magnanimous.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • It had been a tactical mistake, I realized, to meet him on his own territory, where he knew the waiters, where he did the ordering with pad and pencil, where I could not be magnanimous and suggest that he try this or that.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • ’Then let’s call it Pax,’ said Peter, magnanimously: ’bury the hatchet in the fathoms of the past.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • Then he imagined how, after the attack, Bogdanich would come up to him as he lay wounded and would magnanimously extend the hand of reconciliation.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • If not a dominant and commanding race, they are, at least, an affectionate, magnanimous, and forgiving one.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • ’It’s all right,’ said Dunbar magnanimously.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Francon gulped to all these people that the Cosmo-Slotnick building had been created by Peter Keating alone; Francon did not care; he was magnanimous in a spurt of enthusiasm; besides, it made a good story.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • But Katerina Ivanovna, though she is magnanimous, she is unjust….
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • "The reward of merit for a magnanimous March," as Laurie announced with a flourish.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • But that other magnanimous one, at whose instance I had stayed, changed not aspect, nor moved his neck, nor bent his side.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • He did not seem to think that he at all deserved a medal from the Humane and Magnanimous Societies.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • "Well!" said the pale young gentleman, reaching out his hand good-humoredly, "it’s all over now, I hope, and it will be magnanimous in you if you’ll forgive me for having knocked you about so."
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • But, I am sure that he is capable of good things, gentle things, even magnanimous things.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • "You can carry him," he said magnanimously.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • "You can go now, Cassie," he said magnanimously.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • His majesty, who is a most magnanimous prince, was less daunted than I could expect: he ordered me to return it into the scabbard, and cast it on the ground as gently as I could, about six feet from the end of my chain.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • Firm and rare natures are thus created; misery, almost always a step-mother, is sometimes a mother; destitution gives birth to might of soul and spirit; distress is the nurse of pride; unhappiness is a good milk for the magnanimous.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • And as this,’ he added, after these magnanimous words, ’is not a fit scene for the boy — David, go to bed!’
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • He was a magnanimous man.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • And me to go magnanimously to forgive her, and have pity on her!
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • But that’s all right," he added magnanimously, "as long as it makes you feel so happy.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • How pitiful, yet magnanimous, they were!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • "Then what I ask," said the damsel, "is that your magnanimous person accompany me at once whither I will conduct you, and that you promise not to engage in any other adventure or quest until you have avenged me of a traitor who against all human and divine law, has usurped my kingdom."
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • It was in this hall that Harold returned the magnanimous answer to the ambassador of his rebel brother.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
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