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[lahr-jes, lahr-jis] /lɑrˈdʒɛs, ˈlɑr dʒɪs/
generous bestowal of gifts.
the gift or gifts, as of money, so bestowed.
Obsolete. generosity; liberality.
Also, largesse.
Origin of largess
1175-1225; Middle English largesse < Old French; see large, -ice
Can be confused
large, largess. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for largess
  • He survives only on the largess of his corporate sponsors.
  • Computer science has traditionally been richly funded by government largess.
  • Whatever the case, a number of colleges will benefit from the governor's largess.
  • Fed also by government largess and indulgence to mega companies.
  • Joffrey officials said they took the money because they need it and few others offer such largess.
  • Unless you are one of those who benefit from the largess of that dominant party, then you are utterly disenfranchised.
  • If there must be more highways, let them be private and paid for by users, not with federal largess.
  • One way to insulate yourself from dubious largess is to accept only small tokens of esteem, not decision-clouding munificence.
  • Get the taxpayer off the hook for public sector retirement plan largess.
  • Even many companies that are geographically removed from the disaster are responding with remarkable largess.
British Dictionary definitions for largess


the generous bestowal of gifts, favours, or money
the things so bestowed
generosity of spirit or attitude
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from large
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