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C. C. W. Taylor
Greatness of soul (Greek megalopsukhia, rendered into Latin as magnanimitas) is a self-referential evaluative disposition characteristic of Aristotle's virtuous agent, consisting in a proper sense of his own worth, manifesting itself in the desire to be honoured for his virtues by his equals (coupled with indifference to the opinion of inferiors) and in self-conscious dignity of demeanour (verging on pomposity to the modern eye). Despite the etymological connection, it is nearer to pride than to magnanimity; while the great-souled man appears magnanimous, e.g. in forgiving injuries, he does so not from generosity of spirit, but because nursing grudges is beneath him....