generosity

[jen-uh-ros-i-tee]
noun, plural generosities.
1.
readiness or liberality in giving.
2.
freedom from meanness or smallness of mind or character.
3.
a generous act: We thanked him for his many generosities.
4.
largeness or fullness; amplitude.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English generosite < Latin generōsitās, equivalent to generōs(us) generous + -itās -ity

overgenerosity, noun
supergenerosity, noun


1. munificence, bountifulness. 2. nobleness, magnanimity.


1. stinginess. 2. pettiness.
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generosity (ˌdʒɛnəˈrɒsɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  willingness and liberality in giving away one's money, time, etc; magnanimity
2.  freedom from pettiness in character and mind
3.  a generous act
4.  abundance; plenty

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Word Origin & History

generosity
mid-15c., "nobility, goodness of race," from L. generositas, from generosus (see generous). Meaning "munificence" is recorded from 1670s.
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Example sentences
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.
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