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largess

or largesse

[lahr-jes, lahr-jis] /lɑrˈdʒɛs, ˈlɑr dʒɪs/
noun
1.
generous bestowal of gifts.
2.
the gift or gifts, as of money, so bestowed.
3.
Obsolete. generosity; liberality.
Origin of largess
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English largesse < Old French; see large, -ice
Can be confused
large, largess.
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  • To the self-consecrated guardians of the Constitution this was as corrupt as offers of largesses to plebeians at Rome.

    Martin Van Buren Edward M. Shepard
  • largesses to a fabulous amount were divided among the people.

  • You are fed by the largesses of the Emperor, you have your two loaves a day and your pork, and you need not and so do not work.

    Aurelian William Ware
  • What ells of ribbon would there be for him in these largesses!

    The Vicomte de Bragelonne Alexandre Dumas
  • The sailors, rejoicing in the largesses of the admiral, were heard murmuring their slow and artless songs.

    The Man in the Iron Mask Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • As such they had no other resource but to depend on the largesses or the commissions of the most lordly of the patricians.

  • In vain had largesses been lavished upon the people, and propitiatory sacrifices offered to the gods.

  • These two thousand persons owned the world; the rest were dependent and powerless, and would have perished but for largesses.

  • The visits were always made opportunities for the distribution of largesses, and scarcely one of the guests ever went empty away.

    Rulers of India: Akbar George Bruce Malleson
  • It is thy own largesses, that have brought thee into this condition, which alarms thy friends.

    The Gtakaml rya Sra

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