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From Middle English generosite, from Latin generōsitas.
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˌd͡ʒɛnəˈɹɑsəti/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌd͡ʒɛnəˈɹɒsɪti/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- Rhymes: -ɒsɪti
- Hyphenation: ge‧ne‧ros‧i‧ty
generosity (countable and uncountable, plural generosities)
- (uncountable) The trait of being willing to donate money, resources, or time.
- Synonyms: largesse, liberality
- Antonym: stinginess
- 1963, Erik H. Erikson, Childhood and Society:
- We have mentioned generosity as an outstanding virtue required in Sioux life.
- 2013 June 14, Jonathan Freedland, “Obama's once hip brand is now tainted”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 1, page 18:
- Now we are liberal with our innermost secrets, spraying them into the public ether with a generosity our forebears could not have imagined. Where we once sent love letters in a sealed envelope, or stuck photographs of our children in a family album, now such private material is despatched to servers and clouds operated by people we don't know and will never meet.
- (countable) A generous act.
- 1873, Reverend M. C. Tyler, Proceedings at the Laying of the Corner Stone of the Sage College of the Cornell University:
- May the generosities of the founders of these halls, be rewarded by the fair and holy characters which shall be here formed […] .
- (uncountable) The trait of being abundant, more than adequate.
- (archaic, uncountable) Good breeding; nobility of stock.
- Synonym: nobility
trait of being willing to donate
the trait of being more than adequate
good breeding; nobility of stock
a generous act
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