- a premium or reward, especially one offered by a government: There was a bounty on his head. Some states offer a bounty for dead coyotes.
- a generous gift.
- generosity in giving.
Origin of bounty
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Examples from the Web for bounty
Rural churches were deserted, and the connection between the land and the bounty of harvests was gone.How Dickens and Scrooge Saved Christmas
December 22, 2014
A bounty hunter told AFP that the suspected Texan could very well be Everett Livvix of Robinson, Illinois.The Strange Case of the Christian Zionist Terrorist
December 14, 2014
The state of Idaho paid a bounty hunter to kill wolves in the Salmon River country.What It Takes to Kill a Grizzly Bear
November 23, 2014
ISIS also had made use of its bounty of captured American equipment.ISIS Has a Bigger Coalition Than We Do
October 15, 2014
Brienne demands the deformed, less savage Clegane brother fork her over, but he refuses, hell-bent on receiving his bounty.Game of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie on Brienne of Tarth’s Epic S4 Finale Showdown with The Hound
June 16, 2014
By working shoulder to shoulder, together we can increase the bounty of all.
If I succeed in this I shall doubtless be able to seize more of His bounty.The Conquest of Fear
He was the complete idler, living on his Uncle's bounty, and making no return for it.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
For me, all bounty is too late; but my children—to-morrow they may have no mother.Night and Morning, Complete
For myself, your majesty's bounty has left me nothing to wish.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
- generosity in giving to others; liberality
- a generous gift; something freely provided
- a payment made by a government, as, formerly, to a sailor on enlisting or to a soldier after a campaign
- any reward or premiuma bounty of 20p for every rat killed
- a British naval ship commanded by Captain William Bligh, which was on a scientific voyage in 1789 between Tahiti and the West Indies when her crew mutinied
Word Origin and History for bounty
mid-13c., "generosity," from Old French bonte "goodness" (12c., Modern French bonté), from Latin bonitatem (nominative bonitas) "goodness," from bonus "good" (see bene-). Sense of "gift bestowed by a sovereign or the state" led to extended senses of "gratuity to a military recruit" (1702) and "reward for killing or taking a criminal or enemy" (1764).
I do ... promise, that there shall be paid ... the following several and respective premiums and Bounties for the prisoners and Scalps of the Enemy Indians that shall be taken or killed .... ["Papers of the Governor of Pennsylvania," 1764]