gratuity

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From Old French gratuite (French gratuité), from Medieval Latin gratuitas ‎(a free gift), from Latin gratuitus ‎(freely given, free); see gratuitous.

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gratuity ‎(plural gratuities)

  1. An additional payment given freely as thanks for service &c.
  2. Euphemistic form of fee, in contexts where such additional payments have been made obligatory.
  3. Euphemistic form of bribe.

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