Liberal vs Munificent - What's the difference?

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Liberal is a synonym of munificent.

As adjectives the difference between liberal and munificent

is that liberal is pertaining to those arts and sciences the study of which is considered "worthy of a free man" (as opposed to (servile), (mechanical)); worthy, befitting a gentleman while munificent is very liberal in giving or bestowing; lavish; as a munificent benefactor.

As a noun liberal

is one with liberal views, supporting individual liberty (see ).




(en adjective)
  • , mechanical); worthy, befitting a gentleman.
  • * 1983', David Leslie Wagner, ''The Seven '''liberal arts in the Middle Ages
  • * 1997 , Gordon D. Morgan, Toward an American Sociology: Questioning the European Construct (ISBN 0275949990), page 45:
  • Americans remain enamored with Europe's ability to produce the consequential thought for America. It was the same in nearly every liberal field. Education sought its roots in such Europeans as Froebel, Frobenius, and Rousseau. Political science tried to connect to Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Nietzsche, Machiavelli, and Otto von Bismarck, for instance. Economics copied the thought of Adam Smith,
  • * 2008 , Donal G. Mulcahy, The Educated Person: Toward a New Paradigm for Liberal Education (ISBN 0742561224)
  • Generous, willing to give unsparingly;.
  • * 2005 , John Gardner, Assessment and Learning (ISBN 141291051X), page 50:
  • When he shows improvement she is liberal with her praise and then moves on to the next set of skills to be learnt.
  • * 2007 , Helena Page Schrader, The English Templar (ISBN 0595432719), page 309:
  • Queen Isabella was already being called Santa Isabella by many of her subjects because she was liberal with her alms.
  • * 2010 , Simon Guillebaud, More Than Conquerors: A Call to Radical Discipleship (ISBN 1854249738), page 142:
  • Was it because the believers were so liberal' with their possessions that God was so ' liberal with his grace?
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-14, author=(Jonathan Freedland)
  • , volume=189, issue=1, page=18, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Obama's once hip brand is now tainted , passage=Now we are liberal with our innermost secrets, spraying them into the public ether with a generosity our forebears could not have imagined. Where we once sent love letters in a sealed envelope, or stuck photographs of our children in a family album, now such private material is despatched to servers and clouds operated by people we don't know and will never meet.}}
  • Ample, abundant; generous in quantity.
  • * 1896 , in Ice and refrigeration , volume 11, page 93:
  • For this reason a liberal' amount of piping should be used. If a ' liberal supply of piping is provided at first, the first cost will of course be greater, but the extra expenditure is called for but once.
  • * 2009 , R. Furman Kenney, Chesterville: The Village at the End of the Road (ISBN 1438960344), page 102:
  • The result was usually that such helpers got a liberal sprinkling of mud over their clothing.
  • * 2011 , Marlene Perez, Dead Is Not an Option (ISBN 0547345933), page 37:
  • Rose put a steaming cup of mint tea in front of me and spooned a liberal helping of honey into it.
  • (obsolete) Unrestrained, licentious.
  • * 1599 ,
  • Myself, my brother, and this grieved count,
    Did see her, hear her, at that hour last night,
    Talk with a ruffian at her chamber-window;
    Who hath indeed, most like a liberal villain,
    Confess'd the vile encounters they have had
    A thousand times in secret.
  • Widely open to new ideas, willing to depart from established opinions or conventions; permissive.
  • (politics) Open to political or social changes and reforms associated with either classical or modern liberalism.
  • Younger people tend to be more liberal than older people.


    * conservative *right-wing

    Derived terms

    * liberal arts * Liberal * Liberal Democrat * Liberal Party * small-l liberal


    (en noun)
  • One with liberal views, supporting individual liberty (see ).
  • (US) Someone left-wing; one with a left-wing ideology.
  • A supporter of any of several liberal parties.
  • (UK) One who favors individual voting rights, human and civil rights, and laissez-faire markets .
  • Coordinate terms

    * moderate, conservative, progressive, libertarian, centrist


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    (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.


    * bounteous, generous, liberal