grandeur

Use the noun grandeur to describe something that is splendid or magnificent, such as a lofty idea or an impressive building: “The gilded domes and ornate detail added to the grandeur of the church on Red Square.”

Derived from the Old French word grand, meaning “great,” the word grandeur is used to describe things that are distinguished, extraordinary, and impressive in scope. Consider the French origins of grandeur as a clue and note that this is a fancy word, best saved for describing things that are truly magnificent on a large scale. The simple beauty of a shadow’s pattern on a sidewalk probably doesn’t have grandeur, but a sunset over the Rocky Mountains probably does.

Definitions of grandeur
  1. noun
    the quality of being magnificent or splendid or grand
    “an imaginative mix of old-fashioned grandeur and colorful art”
    synonyms: brilliance, grandness, magnificence, splendor, splendour
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    types:
    eclat
    brilliant or conspicuous success or effect
    type of:
    elegance
    a refined quality of gracefulness and good taste
  2. noun
    the quality of elevation of mind and exaltation of character or ideals or conduct
    synonyms: magnanimousness, nobility, nobleness
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    high-mindedness, idealism, noble-mindedness
    elevated ideals or conduct; the quality of believing that ideals should be pursued
    sublimity
    nobility in thought or feeling or style
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    honorableness, honourableness
    the quality of deserving honor or respect; characterized by honor
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