Chapter 18 – The Widow’s Persecution

June 14th, 2011 § 0 comments

magnanimity

Comes from the Latin word magnanimitas, “greatness of soul.”  Although this word in English now describes a person’s great compassion or generosity, Trollope uses its more literal meaning to denote the great-spirited Mrs. Proudie.  It is cited by the OED as having occurred in English as early as 1340.  [MD & RR 2005]

Sources:  OED.

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