(Mag*nif"i*cent) a. [See Magnificence.]
1. Doing grand things; admirable in action; displaying great power or opulence, especially in building, way
of living, and munificence.
A prince is never so magnificentMassinger.
As when he's sparing to enrich a few
With the injuries of many.
2. Grand in appearance; exhibiting grandeur or splendor; splendid; pompous.
When Rome's exalted beauties I descryAddison.
Magnificent in piles of ruin lie.
Syn. Glorious; majestic; sublime. See Grand.
(Mag*nif"i*cent*ly), adv. In a Magnificent manner.
(Mag*nif"i*co) n.; pl. Magnificoes [It. See Magnific.]
1. A grandee or nobleman of Venice; so called in courtesy. Shak.
2. A rector of a German university.
(Mag"ni*fi`er) n. One who, or that which, magnifies.
(Mag"ni*fy) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Magnified ; p. pr. & vb. n. Magnifying ] [OE. magnifien, F.
magnifier, L. magnificare. See Magnific.]
1. To make great, or greater; to increase the dimensions of; to amplify; to enlarge, either in fact or in appearance; as,
the microscope magnifies the object by a thousand diameters.
The least error in a small quantity . . . will in a great one . . . be proportionately magnified.Grew.
2. To increase the importance of; to augment the esteem or respect in which one is held.
On that day the Lord magnified Joshua in the sight of all Israel.Joshua iv. 14.
3. To praise highly; to laud; to extol. [Archaic]
O, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.Ps. xxxiv. 3.
4. To exaggerate; as, to magnify a loss or a difficulty.
To magnify one's self (Script.), to exhibit pride and haughtiness; to boast. To magnify one's self
against (Script.), to oppose with pride.
(Mag"ni*fy), v. i.
1. To have the power of causing objects to appear larger than they really are; to increase the apparent
dimensions of objects; as, some lenses magnify but little.
2. To have effect; to be of importance or significance. [Cant & Obs.] Spectator.
Magnifying glass, a lens which magnifies the apparent dimensions of objects seen through it.
(Mag*nil"o*quence) n. [L. magniloquentia.] The quality of being magniloquent; pompous