Munificent vs Extravagant - What's the difference?

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Munificent is a synonym of extravagant.


As adjectives the difference between munificent and extravagant

is that munificent is (of a person or group) very liberal in giving or bestowing while extravagant is exceeding the bounds of something; roving; hence, foreign.

munificent

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • (of a person or group) Very liberal in giving or bestowing.
  • * 1859 , , A Tale of Two Cities , ch. 30:
  • Tellson's Bank . . . was a munificent house, and extended great liberality to old customers who had fallen from their high estate.
  • * 1974 April 8, " Politics: Milkmen Skimming Off More Cream," Time (retrieved 5 Sept 2013):
  • [M]ilk producers are among the most munificent backers of political campaigns in the U.S.
  • * 2008 March 20, , " Broad-Minded Museum," New York Review of Books (retrieved 5 Sept 2013):
  • An exceptionally munificent benefactor of several institutions, he has given $100 million each to MIT and Harvard.
  • Very generous; lavish.
  • * 1886 , , Jo's Boys , ch. 1:
  • On the hill, where kites used to be flown, stood the fine college which Mr Laurence's munificent legacy had built.
  • * 1914 , , A Daughter of the Dons , ch. 25:
  • It was all very well for this casual youth to make her a present of a half million acres of land in this debonair way, but she could not persuade herself to accept so munificent a gift.
  • * 1969 April 11, " Business: Up, Up and Away with Wages," Time (retrieved 5 Sept 2013):
  • The machinists finally agreed to a munificent increase averaging 5.7% a year for three years.

    Synonyms

    * bounteous, generous, liberal

    extravagant

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Exceeding the bounds of something; roving; hence, foreign.
  • * (William Shakespeare)
  • The extravagant and erring spirit hies / To his confine.
  • Extreme; wild; excessive; unrestrained.
  • * Addison
  • There appears something nobly wild and extravagant in great natural geniuses.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham)
  • , title=(The China Governess), chapter=1 citation , passage=The half-dozen pieces […] were painted white and carved with festoons of flowers, birds and cupids. […] The bed was the most extravagant piece. Its graceful cane halftester rose high towards the cornice and was so festooned in carved white wood that the effect was positively insecure, as if the great couch were trimmed with icing sugar.}}
  • Exorbitant.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-08, volume=407, issue=8839, page=55, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Obama goes troll-hunting , passage=According to this saga of intellectual-property misanthropy, these creatures [patent trolls] roam the business world, buying up patents and then using them to demand extravagant payouts from companies they accuse of infringing them. Often, their victims pay up rather than face the costs of a legal battle.}}
  • Profuse in expenditure; prodigal; wasteful.
  • (Bancroft)

    Synonyms

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