Plentiful vs Munificent - What's the difference?

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Plentiful is a related term of munificent.

As adjectives the difference between plentiful and munificent

is that plentiful is existing in large number or ample amount while munificent is (of a person or group) very liberal in giving or bestowing.

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Alternative forms

* plentifull (archaic)


  • Existing in large number or ample amount.
  • a plentiful harvest
    a plentiful supply of water
    She accumulated a plentiful collection of books.
  • Yielding abundance; fruitful.
  • Some years, the tree is a plentiful source of apples.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • If it be a long winter, it is commonly a more plentiful year.
  • (obsolete) lavish; profuse; prodigal
  • * Francis Bacon
  • He that is plentiful in expenses will hardly be preserved from decay.


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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