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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).

Magnificence, n. Also: -ens, magnyficence, magni-, magnefiecence, mangnific(i)ence. [ME. and F. magnificence, L. magnificentia.]

1. Glory, grandeur, nobility, majesty; greatness of attainment or reputation. 1456 Hay I. 41/10.
Fra lytill to mekle it [Rome] come ay up to grete estate and magnificence
a1500 Henr. Fab. 859 (Bass.).
My celsitude and hie magnificence Lattis ȝow to wit [etc.]
Ib. 934.
Ib. 1429. Id. Orph. i. a1508 Kennedy Pass. Christ 418.
Euery prince … With pacience vse ȝour mangnificence
c1500 Crying of Play 17.
The God of most magnificence Conserf this fair presens
c1500-c1512 Dunb. vii. 46, Ib. lxvii. 4, Ib. lxxvii. 28.
Welcum … moist of lawde and hie magnificence
c1530-40 Stewart Bann. MS. 277 a/1.
For to declair the he magnificens And grit bontie that into ladeis is
Arundel MS. 275/7.
This day with hie mangnificence The Lord is rissin
1533 Bell. Livy I. 8/5.
The impire of Romanis is … rissin in sic magnificence … that [etc.]
c1540 Lynd. Kitteis Conf. 106.
Abone Goddis magnificence
c1552 Id. Mon. 2919. a1568 Scott i. 18.
Rewle thy regne with hie magnificence
c1568 Lauder Minor P. i. 82.

b. As a complimentary mode of reference or address. a1500 Henr. Test. Cress. 26.
With humbill reuerence, I thocht to pray hir [Venus'] hie magnificence
a1500 K. Hart 717.
Be haue displesit hir hie magnificence

2. Bounty, munificence, liberality. a1508 Kennedy Flyt. 421.
Traistand to haue of his magnificence Guerdon, reward and benefice bedene
Arundel MS. 251/386.
My prayeris … and praysingis … betaucht vnto thé efter the gret aboundance … of thi inestimabill mangnificience
c1550 Rolland Ct. Venus i. 284.
Beseikand hir of hir magnificence My spreit inspyre
1562-3 Winȝet I. 139/23.
[John Knox] … of ȝour magnificence and liberal hand hes oppinnit the ȝettis of heuin to the faythful fatheris
c1590 Fowler II. 147/29.
Geving him self ane example of humantie & of magnificence

3. Outward grandeur, sumptuousness in appointments, splendour, magnificence. 1531 Bell. Boece I. xxxix.
Glasqu … quhare ane nobill kirk is … biggit with gret magnificence
a1578 Pitsc. I. 76/24.
He was treitit and bankitit … witht great magnifiecence
Ib. 80/27.
Quhois convoy maid this earle so proud … that he representit ane kingis magneficience

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