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largess

[lahr-jes, lahr-jis] /lɑrˈdʒɛs, ˈlɑr dʒɪs/
noun
1.
generous bestowal of gifts.
2.
the gift or gifts, as of money, so bestowed.
3.
Obsolete. generosity; liberality.
Also, largesse.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English largesse < Old French; see large, -ice
Can be confused
large, largess.
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  • Knight's largesse fits with the university's mission.
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  • Take away the federal largesse and they will leave the business of higher ed.
  • In a crowded country, where scarce fertile land is valued as gold, such largesse represented undreamt-of empowerment for the poor.
  • They appear, from other reports, to be subsisting on corporate welfare as well as the largesse of the rest of us.
  • Royal largesse was matched by countless widows' mites.
  • Yet when it comes to money, even the nation's scientific luminaries are inextricably tethered to public and private largesse.
  • But the government cannot carry on handing out such largesse for ever.
British Dictionary definitions for largesse

largesse

/lɑːˈdʒɛs/
noun
1.
the generous bestowal of gifts, favours, or money
2.
the things so bestowed
3.
generosity of spirit or attitude
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from large
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Word Origin and History for largesse
n.

also largess, "willingness to give or spend freely; munificence," c.1200, from Old French largesse "a bounty, munificence," from Vulgar Latin *largitia "abundance," from Latin largus "abundant" (see large). In medieval theology, "the virtue whose opposite is avarice, and whose excess is prodigality" ["Middle English Dictionary"]. The Old French suffix -esse is from Latin -itia, added to adjectives to form nouns of quality (cf. duress, riches).

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