"Il Magnifico" Designation?

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"Il Magnifico" Designation?

Postby sigatti » 02 Nov 2015, 20:19

This topic has been addressed before, but I'm not sure I've gotten a clear concept of the honorific title "Il Magnifico." I first heard it when we visited Molise. A friend there told us that it was often used to refer to high-ranking university officials. As college professors, we thought that this was pretty funny.

However, In researching my husband's family--which was from Calabria--I ran across this title, which was attached to an ancestor. I was wondering how one earned this title. Most of the ancestors were farmers or landowners, but I don't get the sense that there was any nobility to speak of. I just don't know much about the way in which titles like "Signore" or "Il Magnifico" were conferred or used.

Any insights would be welcome.

Susan Gatti

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Re: "Il Magnifico" Designation?

Postby suanj » 03 Nov 2015, 07:23

The "Magnifico" just for those who hold public office and administrative, it is a honorary title, coming from a adjective, indicating the max relief, the max importance, the max significance of work role, work function...
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