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 magnificent
As when he's sparing to enrich a few
With the injuries of many. --Massinger.
2. Grand in appearance; exhibiting grandeur or splendor; splendid; pompous.
When Rome's exalted beauties I descry
Magnificent in piles of ruin lie. --Addison.
Syn: -- Glorious; majestic; sublime. See Grand.
adj : characterized by or attended with brilliance or grandeur;
"the brilliant court life at Versailles"; "a glorious
work of art"; "magnificent cathedrals"; "the splendid
coronation ceremony" [syn: brilliant, glorious, splendid]