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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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  • 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

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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