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bounty

[boun-tee] /ˈbaʊn ti/
noun, plural bounties.
1.
a premium or reward, especially one offered by a government:
There was a bounty on his head. Some states offer a bounty for dead coyotes.
2.
a generous gift.
3.
generosity in giving.
Origin of bounty
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English b(o)unte < Anglo-French, Old French bonte, Old French bontet < Latin bonitāt- (stem of bonitās) goodness. See boon2, -ity
Related forms
bountyless, adjective
Synonyms
1. See bonus. 2. present, benefaction. 3. munificence, liberality, charity, beneficence.
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bounty

/ˈbaʊntɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
generosity in giving to others; liberality
2.
a generous gift; something freely provided
3.
a payment made by a government, as, formerly, to a sailor on enlisting or to a soldier after a campaign
4.
any reward or premium: a bounty of 20p for every rat killed
Word Origin
C13 (in the sense: goodness): from Old French bontet, from Latin bonitās goodness, from bonus good

Bounty

/ˈbaʊntɪ/
noun
1.
a British naval ship commanded by Captain William Bligh, which was on a scientific voyage in 1789 between Tahiti and the West Indies when her crew mutinied
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Word Origin and History for bounty
n.

mid-13c., "generosity," from Old French bonte "goodness" (12c., Modern French bonté), from Latin bonitatem (nominative bonitas) "goodness," from bonus "good" (see bene-). Sense of "gift bestowed by a sovereign or the state" led to extended senses of "gratuity to a military recruit" (1702) and "reward for killing or taking a criminal or enemy" (1764).

I do ... promise, that there shall be paid ... the following several and respective premiums and Bounties for the prisoners and Scalps of the Enemy Indians that shall be taken or killed .... ["Papers of the Governor of Pennsylvania," 1764]

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