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
Recent Examples on the Web Their affections are a confusing and painful blend of proximity and dependence, generosity and exploitation, performance and spontaneous feeling. Lidija Haas, The New Republic, "Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Ingenious Families," 2 July 2020 Examples include generosity, compassion, honesty, solidarity, fortitude, justice and patience. Mary Elizabeth Collins, The Conversation, "3 moral virtues necessary for an ethical pandemic response and reopening," 26 June 2020 And the boys have learned that unleashing generosity is largely about setting the table and inviting others to participate. David Clark Scott, The Christian Science Monitor, "Monday Sunrise Briefing: Injustice protests reignited in Atlanta," 15 June 2020 Unlike other rich countries, America has prioritised temporarily increasing the generosity of unemployment benefits (until the end of July) over using government support to help prevent job losses in the first place. The Economist, "Free exchange New research casts light on the pandemic’s effects on resource allocation," 20 June 2020 At a time with so much bad news, Moore said both he and his student were overwhelmed by the generosity of others. Carol Robinson |, al, "Teacher celebrates with teen who graduates alone, works to get him a car," 19 June 2020 Klein, now a curator at the Vitra Design Museum, recalls Caplan’s humility and generosity. Anne Quito, Quartz, "Design critic Ralph Caplan saw the 1960s lunch counter sit-in as the era’s greatest design," 13 June 2020 This holiday season, Actors Theatre brings Dickens’s tale of redemption, connection, and generosity into your home for the whole family to enjoy. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville's 'Fix it, Black Girl' celebrates the resilience and power of black women," 9 June 2020 The music of her literary predecessors (Larry Brown, Carson McCullers, Flannery O’Connor) is present in Phillips’s sentences, but what’s most remarkable about her writing is its generosity. The New Yorker, "What We’re Reading This Summer," 7 June 2020

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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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5 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Generosity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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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