gen·​er·​os·​i·​ty | \ ˌje-nə-ˈrä-sə-tē How to pronounce generosity (audio) , -ˈrä-stē\
plural generosities

Definition of generosity

1a : the quality or fact of being generous a person of great generosity
b : a generous act
2 : abundance great generosity of spirit

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Examples of generosity in a Sentence

her generosity toward the poor a sidewalk beggar who benefited from the generosity of kindhearted passersby

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Tom will be remembered fondly by family and friends for his exceptional intellect, his kindness, compassion, humor, generosity and gentle soul., "Thomas A. Jarm," 21 Aug. 2019 His skill and modesty on the course reflect the generosity and quiet strength that have permeated all aspects of his life, friends and family say. Dallas News, "Texas golf legend Raymond Hibler continues his legacy at Robson Ranch," 23 July 2019 His kind demeanor, generosity and fun loving personality will be deeply missed by all who knew him., "Deaths in South Florida: 3/13," 13 Mar. 2018 Many in the New Orleans community, remembering the generosity Houstonians showed them after Katrina, are also raising money for the Hurricane Harvey victims. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Lilly Pulitzer Is Selling Shirts to Benefit Victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma," 11 Sep. 2017 Donors should be protected from these costs not just to reward their generosity, but because their selflessness provides clear public benefits. Bloomberg Opinion, Twin Cities, "Other voices: The transplant waiting list is where hope goes to die," 11 Aug. 2019 More families and individuals have much-needed food due to your generosity., "Olmsted Falls canine race receives big round of ap-paws: Olmsted Dates and Data," 29 July 2019 Inspired by his mother to love and care for animals and children in need, he’s become known for his exceptional generosity and community involvement. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Bigs, BBQ and Baseball," 19 July 2019 Jaden got the ball, but Franky now owns it thanks to his generosity. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Young baseball fan's act of brotherly love warms hearts at Phillies game," 18 July 2019

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First Known Use of generosity

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of generosity was in 1566

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English Language Learners Definition of generosity

: the quality of being kind, understanding, and not selfish : the quality of being generous especially : willingness to give money and other valuable things to others


gen·​er·​os·​i·​ty | \ ˌje-nə-ˈrä-sə-tē How to pronounce generosity (audio) \

Kids Definition of generosity

1 : willingness to give or to share He shows generosity to those in need.
2 : an act of unselfish giving Her generosity was appreciated.

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