Magnificence is when something is incredibly grand, beautiful, or impressive. You might describe the magnificence of a cruise ship, for example, with its elaborate ballrooms and large swimming pools.

When something makes a huge impression on you, especially for its hugeness or fanciness, it has the quality of magnificence. To a little kid, Disney World has magnificence, while an adult might be impressed by the magnificence of a first class European train car. In the fourteenth century, magnificence implied courage and nobility, as the word comes from the Latin root magnificus, which means both "great, noble, and eminent," and also "splendid, rich, or costly."

Definitions of magnificence
  1. noun
    splendid or imposing in size or appearance
    synonyms: grandness, impressiveness, richness
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    expansiveness, expansivity
    a quality characterized by magnificence of scale or the tendency to expand
    loftiness, majesty, stateliness
    impressiveness in scale or proportion
    type of:
    the quality of excelling; possessing good qualities in high degree
  2. noun
    the quality of being magnificent or splendid or grand
    “for magnificence and personal service there is the Queen's hotel”
    synonyms: brilliance, grandeur, grandness, splendor, splendour
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    brilliant or conspicuous success or effect
    type of:
    a refined quality of gracefulness and good taste
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