- readiness or liberality in giving.
- freedom from meanness or smallness of mind or character.
- a generous act: We thanked him for his many generosities.
- largeness or fullness; amplitude.
Origin of generosity
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Examples from the Web for generosity
This is comedy based on a cold humor, detached, euphemistic, devoid of any generosity.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President
January 9, 2015
So Pope Francis has found a way to turn the generosity of others into good luck for a few.Pope Francis Raffles Off His Swag to Help the Poor
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 18, 2014
Mouha talked about the generosity and solidarity of Berber communities.On Foot in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco
January 22, 2014
Through it, George Eliot spoke with an authority and a generosity that was wise and essential and profound.Growing up with George Eliot: Rebecca Mead’s “My Life in Middlemarch”
January 14, 2014
JML: I guess his generosity of spirit, his compassion, his interest in people who were not famous.Murder, Sex, and the Writing Life: Norman Mailer’s Biography
Ronald K. Fried
November 19, 2013
In the midst of this generosity, the services of Geta and Milza were not forgotten.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
And do they not make use of your own generosity to oppress you?Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Such was the reply of courage and generosity in this danger.The Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, Oregon and California
Brevet Col. J.C. Fremont
Then, he bethought himself of a subtle form of rebuke by emphasizing his generosity.Within the Law
Trust and generosity, Shakespeare would like to tell us, were his supremest faults.The Man Shakespeare
- willingness and liberality in giving away one's money, time, etc; magnanimity
- freedom from pettiness in character and mind
- a generous act
- abundance; plenty
Word Origin and History for generosity
early 15c., "nobility, goodness of race," from Latin generositatem (nominative generositas) "nobility, excellence, magnanimity," from generosus (see generous). Meaning "munificence" is recorded from 1670s.