largesse

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French largesse, Old French largesce

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /lɑːˈʒɛs/, /lɑːˈdʒɛs/
  • (US) IPA(key): /lɑɹˈdʒɛs/, /lɑɹˈʒɛs/
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Noun[edit]

largesse (plural largesses)

  1. (uncountable) Generosity in the giving of gifts or money.
    Synonyms: benevolence, generosity, graciousness, boon
    Antonyms: niggardliness, tight fistedness
  2. The gifts or money given in such a way.
    • 1846, Charles Dickens, Pictures from Italy, published 1913, page 264:
      The procession was brought to a close, by some dozen indomitable warriors of different nations, riding two and two, and haughtily surveying the tame population of Modena: among whom, however, they occasionally condescended to scatter largesse in the form of a few handbills.
  3. A benevolent demeanor.

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French largesce, corresponding to large +‎ -esse.

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largesse f (plural largesses)

  1. largess; financial generosity

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