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Lewis : magnificentia

magnificentia, magnĭfĭcentĭa, ae, f. magnificus, greatness in action or in sentiment, nobleness, distinction, eminence, high-mindedness, magnanimity; in a bad sense, boasting, bragging, etc. In gen. Lit.: magnificentia est rerum magnarum et excelsarum cum anima ampla quadam et splendida propositione agitatio atque administratio, Cic. Inv. 2, 54, 163: et magnificentia et despicientia adhibenda est rerum humanarum, greatness of soul, id. Off. 1, 21, 72; id. Agr. 2, 8, 22.

Transf., of inanimate things, grandeur, magnificence, splendor, sumptuousness: epularum, Cic. Or. 25, 83: villarum, id. Off. 1, 39, 140: funerum et sepulcrorum, id. Leg. 2, 26, 66: liberalitatis, id. Rosc. Com. 8, 24: extra modum sumptu et magnificentia prodire, id. Off. 1, 39, 40: exhaustus magnificentiā publicorum operum, Liv. 1, 57: magnificentiae studium, Tac. A. 3, 55: publica magnificentia, Vell. 2, 1, 2.

Esp. Rhet. t. t., an imposing style, sounding or dignified language: his tribus narrandi virtutibus adiciunt quidam magnificentiam, quam μεγαλοπρέπειαν vocant, Quint. 4, 2, 61 sq.

In a bad sense: verborum magnificentia, pomposity of language, bombast, Cic. Lael. 6, 21: i hinc in malam crucem cum istac magnificentiā, Ter. Phorm. 5, 7, 37.

In partic., greatness of talent, great artistic skill, Plin. 36, 5, 4, § 19.