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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).

Magnanimité, n. Also: -tie, -nimyté, -nymyté, -mité, -nemitie. [ME. (1340) and e.m.E. magnanimite etc., F. magnanimité, L. magnanimitas.]

Nobility or generosity of spirit, as one of the virtues recognised in ethical theory; also, lofty courage, fortitude. 1494 Loutfut MS. 15 a.
The ferd [virtue] is magnanimite, the v is simplesse
c1500 Fyve Bestes 409.
The wertuis foure that in a king suld ryng, Prudence, justice and magnanimite And continence
1513 Doug. v. vii. 83.
[Æneas] Ful of magnanymyte [L. magnanimus]
Ib. x. iii. 45. Ib. xi. Prol. 34.
Strang fortitud, quhilk hardyment cleip we, Abuf the quhilk the vertu souerane Accordyng pryncis, hecht magnanymyte [Sm. magnanymite]
Ib. xiii. x. 56. 1535 Stewart 7705.
Caratac the king … his curage and magnanemitie, His pomp, his pryde, his hart that wes so hie
a1570-86 Arbuthnot Maitl. F. xxx. 79.
Pryde now is comptit magnanimitie And lawlines is iugeit base curage
1598 James VI Basil. Doron 102/8.
Hauing aquyred sa the fame of courage and magnanimitie make not a daylie soldat of youre self
1621 Perth Kirk S. MS. 17 Oct.
Oure pasture with great magnanimitie insistit in exhortting the pepill to trew repentance

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