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noun, plural gen·er·os·i·ties.
  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.
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Origin of generosity

1375–1425; late Middle English generosite < Latin generōsitās, equivalent to generōs(us) generous + -itās -ity
Related formso·ver·gen·er·os·i·ty, nounsu·per·gen·er·os·i·ty, noun

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noun plural -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


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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