noun, plural gen·er·os·i·ties.
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Origin of generosity
SYNONYMS FOR generosity
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What does generosity mean?
Generosity is the spirit and action of freely and frequently giving to others.
Generosity can also refer to an overall spirit of kindness, but this is less common.
Example: If there’s one thing she will be remembered for, it’s her generosity—she was extremely generous with her money, her time, and her effort.
Where does generosity come from?
The first records of generosity in English come from around the 1400s. Generosity is the noun form of the adjective generous (which is actually recorded later). The suffix -ity is used to make it into a noun. Both generosity and generous derive from the Latin generōsus, meaning “generous” or “of noble birth” (gentle, as in gentleman, is based on a similar root.)
Prior to the 1600s, generosity was mostly used to refer to the status of being a noble or aristocrat. From there, the meaning changed to refer to the kind of noble qualities that aristocrats were supposed to have, such as being fair-minded and above pettiness. This meaning is still used, but generosity now most commonly refers to the tendency to be generous in giving to others. Generosity is most often associated with giving money, but it can involve many things, including time, gifts, or other resources. Many religions regard generosity as a virtue. In that context, generosity is sometimes distinguished from charity in this way: generosity is the willingness to give no matter the situation, while charity is most often associated with giving to people who are poor or otherwise in need.
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What are some other forms related to generosity?
- overgenerosity (noun)
- supergenerosity (noun)
- generous (adjective)
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How is generosity used in real life?
Many people associate generosity with giving money, but there are many ways to be generous.
I love NYE when I reflect on successes/failures and then re-center my heart and mind. 2015 mantra: abundance, gratitude, generosity. Repeat.
— Dana Perino (@DanaPerino) December 31, 2014
Generosity is what keeps the things you own from owning you. In other words, generosity isn't just to help others, it also liberates you.
— Jeff Gramlich (@JeffGramlich) December 31, 2014
It’s impressive to see the amount of #Binghamton restaurants stepping up to provide lunches for kids due to school closures. Thank you for your generosity to those in need during this unpredictable time.
— Toby Rice (@tobydrice) March 15, 2020
Try using generosity!
Which of the following things can be given to exhibit generosity?
D. all of the above
Example sentences from the Web for generosity
Giridharadas’s message at the time was largely that the generosity of the global elite is somewhat laughable — that many of the same players who say they want to help society are creating its most intractable problems.Writer Anand Giridharadas on tech’s billionaires: “Are they even on the same team as us?”|Connie Loizos|September 25, 2020|TechCrunch
“Even brief experiences of awe yield a host of benefits including an expanded sense of time and enhanced feelings of generosity, well-being, and humility,” the paper notes.Regular doses of awe can do wonders for emotional health|Kat Eschner|September 22, 2020|Popular Science
The deal’s terms were a red flag for some analysts, and not just because of its generosity to GM.
Boerner Horvath has also, once again, benefited from the generosity of colleagues facing less competitive races.Sacramento Report: The Debate Over SB 145 Sure Escalated Quickly|Voice of San Diego|September 18, 2020|Voice of San Diego
To understand the seeming generosity of the elder birds, Ducouret and her team observed 27 broods of barn owls across the Switzerland countryside.Barn owlets share food with their younger siblings in exchange for grooming|Pratik Pawar|June 16, 2020|Science News
This is comedy based on a cold humor, detached, euphemistic, devoid of any generosity.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
Mouha talked about the generosity and solidarity of Berber communities.
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”|Lucy Scholes|January 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
From the recipients of her generosity more is known than could have been learned from her.Alice Cogswell Bemis|Anonymous
The supplies from America have been divided with the conscientious desire to see American generosity help as far as could be.War Days in Brittany|Elsie Deming Jarves
I was treated with so much kindness that I was overwhelmed by their generosity.Saragossa|Benito Prez Galds
There are limits to my patience as there are limits to my generosity and my affection.The Moving Finger|E. Phillips Oppenheim
Sarcastic compliments upon his generosity, replied to by as sincere expressions of respectful friendship.Maurice Tiernay Soldier of Fortune|Charles James Lever