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generosity

[jen-uh-ros-i-tee] /ˌdʒɛn əˈrɒs ɪ ti/
noun, plural generosities.
1.
readiness or liberality in giving.
2.
freedom from meanness or smallness of mind or character.
3.
a generous act:
We thanked him for his many generosities.
4.
largeness or fullness; amplitude.
Origin of generosity
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English generosite < Latin generōsitās, equivalent to generōs(us) generous + -itās -ity
Related forms
overgenerosity, noun
supergenerosity, noun
Synonyms
1. munificence, bountifulness. 2. nobleness, magnanimity.
Antonyms
1. stinginess. 2. pettiness.
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  • In a fit of generosity or ennui or something I pitch in and help.

    My Wonderful Visit Charlie Chaplin
  • She is a noble woman, bound to me by all that can engage my honour, my generosity, my affection.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • She felt that he had condescended to her with a generosity which justified worship.

    Emily Fox-Seton Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The nuns of Ste. Croix, too, seem not to have been lacking in generosity.

    Early Double Monasteries Constance Stoney
  • Divil a wage or wages I'll name, sir; that's a matter I'll lave to your own generosity.

British Dictionary definitions for generosity

generosity

/ˌdʒɛnəˈrɒsɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
willingness and liberality in giving away one's money, time, etc; magnanimity
2.
freedom from pettiness in character and mind
3.
a generous act
4.
abundance; plenty
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Word Origin and History for generosity
n.

early 15c., "nobility, goodness of race," from Latin generositatem (nominative generositas) "nobility, excellence, magnanimity," from generosus (see generous). Meaning "munificence" is recorded from 1670s.

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