generosity

noun

gen·​er·​os·​i·​ty ˌje-nə-ˈrä-sə-tē How to pronounce generosity (audio)
-ˈrä-stē
plural generosities
1
a
: the quality or fact of being generous
a person of great generosity
b
: a generous act
2
: abundance
great generosity of spirit

Examples of generosity in a Sentence

her generosity toward the poor a sidewalk beggar who benefited from the generosity of kindhearted passersby
Recent Examples on the Web Scorsese continued the Telluride tale of film talent meetings that day in 1978 and talked up Wenders’ work almost as much as Wenders had his, showing his generosity towards others and encyclopedic knowledge of cinema. Liza Foreman, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Feb. 2024 But Fraser says the generosity has gone beyond money. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2024 With her generosity and love for bridal nostalgia, Puccio continues to spread happiness and make a difference in the lives of countless brides-to-be. Jordan Greene, Peoplemag, 13 Feb. 2024 There was just something about her openness and her generosity and her spirituality. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Feb. 2024 With all the rain, food supplies are likely more ample this winter, and despite our generosity and delicious supply of food, there’s nothing like Mother Nature’s home cooking. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, 29 Jan. 2024 The reciprocal embrace of Polish and Ukrainian hospitality touches all corners of Warsaw right now, an act of generosity not without precedent. Adam Robb, Condé Nast Traveler, 15 Jan. 2024 Peralta said the Silver Spring location came about because of the generosity of the Homer and Martha Gudelsky Family Foundation and the decision of Montgomery County to keep the site, which used to be a library, as a community asset. Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2024 One of her goals was to recognize the generosity of Cuban Americans, Veiga Milton said during the panel. Sarah Moreno, Miami Herald, 5 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of generosity was in 1566

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“Generosity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/generosity. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

generosity

noun
gen·​er·​os·​i·​ty ˌjen-ə-ˈräs-ət-ē How to pronounce generosity (audio)
plural generosities
1
: freedom in spirit or act
especially : readiness in giving
2
: a generous act

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