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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Definitions for largess

  1. Generous giving (as of gifts or money), often accompanied by condescension.
  2. Gifts, money, or other valuables so given.
  3. Generosity; liberality.

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Citations for largess
Four years after her marriage she exclaimed giddily over her father-in-law's largess: "He has given Waldorf the Waldorf Astoria Hotel for a birthday present!" Stacy Schiff, New York Times
The recipients of Johnson's largesse were understandably indifferent to what propelled him. Robert Dallek, Flawed Giant: Lyndon Johnson and His Times, 1961-1973
Origin of largess
1175-1225
Largess is from Old French largesse, "largeness, generosity," from large, from Latin largus, "plentiful, generous."