Magnanimous vs. Risible



Noble and generous in spirit.

‘He thinks himself ardent, impulsive, passionate, magnanimous — capable of boundless enthusiasm for an idea or a sentiment.’; ‘magnanimous forgiveness’;


Of or pertaining to laughter

‘the risible muscles’;


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.

‘Be magnanimous in the enterprise.’; ‘To give a kingdom hath been thoughtGreater and nobler done, and to lay downFar more magnanimous than to assume.’;


Provoking laughter; ludicrous; ridiculous; humorously insignificant


Dictated by or exhibiting nobleness of soul; honorable; noble; not selfish.

‘Both strived for death; magnanimous debate.’; ‘There is an indissoluble union between a magnanimous policy and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity.’;


(of a person) Easily laughing; prone to laughter


noble and generous in spirit;

‘a greathearted general’; ‘a magnanimous conqueror’;


Having the faculty or power of laughing; disposed to laugh.

‘Laughing is our busines, . . . it has been made the definition of man that he is risible.’;


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’;


Exciting laughter; worthy to be laughed at; amusing.

‘I hope you find nothing risible in my complaisance.’;


Used in, or expressing, laughter; as, risible muscles.


arousing or provoking laughter;

‘an amusing film with a steady stream of pranks and pratfalls’; ‘an amusing fellow’; ‘a comic hat’; ‘a comical look of surprise’; ‘funny stories that made everybody laugh’; ‘a very funny writer’; ‘it would have been laughable if it hadn't hurt so much’; ‘a mirthful experience’; ‘risible courtroom antics’;

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