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.
  2. Euphemistic form of fee, in contexts where such additional payments have been made obligatory.
  3. Euphemistic form of bribe.

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