The common man may equate this word with ‘magnanimous’ as a synonym for ‘generous’.
The educated man, and a Mason, learn that there is a more profound meaning.
More than one dictionary defines ‘magnanimity’ as having a well-founded positive confidence about himself, that is demonstrated to others by a generous nature, a noble purpose in life, and great courage in the face of challenges. These are the themes of the three established degrees in Freemasonry. These are the qualities of character that are elaborated in the lecture embracing the word ‘magnanimity’.
Thus, in one word that is well-placed in our Work, we understand the qualities of character expected of every Mason.