gen·er·os·i·ty | \ ˌje-nə-ˈrä-sə-tē , -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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Richards remembers a similar act of generosity from Chan, who sent her a ring after her home was burglarized earlier this year. Patti Greco, Glamour, "How Kyle Chan Became the Unofficial Jeweler to the Stars on Bravo," 28 June 2018 He was loved by all who knew him for his big heart and generosity. Hartford Courant,, "John M. Florido," 6 July 2018 Conversely, numerous proverbs and parables bear witness to the wisdom of generosity, compassion, and gratitude. Jonathan L. Walton, Time, "Why Authoritarians Love to Quote This Bible Passage," 22 June 2018 The 26-year-old was certainly grateful for the generosity of his team-mate, comfortably tucking away the spot-kick to seal the win and get back among the goals., "Aubameyang Says He Deferred Taking PK to Give Lacazette Confidence Boost," 2 Apr. 2018 Her generosity and compassion for others was a testament to her character. Caleb Downs, San Antonio Express-News, "Details emerge in San Antonio shooting at upscale apartment complex that left psychologist dead," 19 Mar. 2018 Experimental evidence suggests that there is a tension between diversity and generosity. The Economist, "The welfare state needs updating," 12 July 2018 Although most of the posts were still positive and supportive of Iadarola’s generosity, some people posted comments that turned one man’s good deed into the subject of a morality tale. Steve Lopez,, "He handed water to homeless people when temps topped 100. Some Silver Lake neighbors jeered, others cheered," 11 July 2018 Trump, however, has taken this a step further by asserting that the Europeans are freeloaders taking advantage of American generosity. Robert Burns, The Seattle Times, "Trump’s attacks on NATO raise questions about its future," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of generosity

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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 \

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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