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 for magnanimous
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Magnanimous \Mag*nan"i*mous\, a.[L. magnanimus; magnus great +
     animus mind. See Magnate, and Animus.]
     1. Great of mind; elevated in soul or in sentiment; raised
        above what is low, mean, or ungenerous; of lofty and
        courageous spirit; as, a magnanimous character; a
        magnanimous conqueror.
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              Be magnanimous in the enterprise.     --Shak.
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              To give a kingdom hath been thought
              Greater and nobler done, and to lay down
              Far more magnanimous than to assume.  --Milton.
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     2. Dictated by or exhibiting nobleness of soul; honorable;
        noble; not selfish.
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              Both strived for death; magnanimous debate.
                                                    --Stirling.
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              There is an indissoluble union between a magnanimous
              policy and the solid rewards of public prosperity
              and felicity.                         --Washington.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  magnanimous
      adj 1: noble and generous in spirit; "a greathearted general";
             "a magnanimous conqueror" [syn: greathearted,
             magnanimous]
      2: generous and understanding and tolerant; "a heart big enough
         to hold no grudges"; "that's very big of you to be so
         forgiving"; "a large and generous spirit"; "a large heart";
         "magnanimous toward his enemies" [syn: big, large,
         magnanimous]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  77 Moby Thesaurus words for "magnanimous":
     altruistic, august, benevolent, big, bighearted, bounteous,
     bountiful, charitable, chivalrous, conciliatory, considerate,
     distinguished, elevated, eminent, exalted, famous, forbearant,
     forbearing, forgiving, free, freehanded, freehearted, generous,
     giving, glorious, godlike, gracious, great, great of heart,
     greathearted, handsome, heroic, high, high-minded, hospitable,
     idealistic, indulgent, kind, knightly, large, largehearted, lauded,
     lavish, lenient, liberal, lofty, long-suffering, longanimous,
     magnificent, majestic, munificent, noble, noble-minded, open,
     openhanded, openhearted, patient, placable, princely, profuse,
     prominent, renowned, soaring, sparing, stintless, sublime, superb,
     tolerant, tolerating, towering, ungrudging, unresentful,
     unrevengeful, unselfish, unsparing, unstinted, unstinting
  
  

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