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[jen-uh-ros-i-tee] /ˌdʒɛn əˈrɒs ɪ ti/
noun, plural generosities.
readiness or liberality in giving.
freedom from meanness or smallness of mind or character.
a generous act:
We thanked him for his many generosities.
largeness or fullness; amplitude.
Origin of generosity
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English generosite < Latin generōsitās, equivalent to generōs(us) generous + -itās -ity
Related forms
overgenerosity, noun
supergenerosity, noun
1. munificence, bountifulness. 2. nobleness, magnanimity.
1. stinginess. 2. pettiness. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • And more of it seems to inspire greater generosity towards strangers.
  • People punish one another for stinginess more than they reward for generosity.
  • But opportunity, entrepreneurial drive and public-minded generosity came to the rescue.
  • But such generosity did not guarantee everlasting gratitude.
  • We need your generosity in order to continue.
  • The generosity of his friends placed him above and beyond the irking of want or debt.
  • At these times he was his essential self—a man of ingratiating charm and grace and generosity.
  • Randy's generosity in sharing his personal story has helped us.
  • Rather, friends said, he demonstrated his Judaism with acts of generosity rather than devotion.
  • It's an opportunity to show kindness and generosity to others in trouble.
British Dictionary definitions for generosity


noun (pl) -ties
willingness and liberality in giving away one's money, time, etc; magnanimity
freedom from pettiness in character and mind
a generous act
abundance; plenty
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Word Origin and History for generosity

early 15c., "nobility, goodness of race," from Latin generositatem (nominative generositas) "nobility, excellence, magnanimity," from generosus (see generous). Meaning "munificence" is recorded from 1670s.

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