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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If anything, the movie undersells the generosity of the man—with his time for his fellow colleagues and people interested in space. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "First Man is a first-rate movie about America’s most revered astronaut," 12 Oct. 2018 Through the generosity of donors, SYSO is able to keep tuition at affordable rates, ranging from $280-$420 for the entire season. Staff Report, Daily Southtown, "Community news: Lincoln-Way cadets take 3rd at national academic bowl," 12 July 2018 As if learning about the generosity of spirit isn’t enough, Gia will discover how thoughtfulness impacts those affected by tragic loss. Lynn Petrak,, "Petrak: La Grange third-grader's lemonade stand raises money for families of fallen police," 11 July 2018 Legitimate charities rely on the generosity of donors to carry out their humanitarian missions. Ben Brasch, ajc, "Metro Atlanta man admits he made $670K by running a fake charity," 25 May 2018 Get our daily newsletter One cause for this fragmentation is the generosity of over-optimistic venture capitalists, who have backed even the most unlikely ad-tech ideas. The Economist, "Who will be the main loser from Europe’s new data-privacy law?," 24 May 2018 This gift reflects the couple’s wish that as many people as possible benefit from the generosity of spirit that has been expressed in response to their engagement and wedding. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Prince Harry & Duchess Meghan's quirky wedding gifts include a bull, koalas, plus charity donations," 22 May 2018 Stu Brown, with the foundation, said the donation was made possible by the generosity of the coaches and administrators that are part of the Milford Lacrosse Foundation and lacrosse community. Chris Johnstone,, "Maslow's Army organizer, once homeless, served as Milford lacrosse honorary captain," 11 May 2018 If the Portuguese icon can match the generosity of his gift to Rashford with an equally emphatic performance at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night, Ronaldo may further consolidate his status as the world’s greatest player., "PHOTO: Cristiano Ronaldo Sends Man Utd Star Marcus Rashford Another Personalised Gift," 25 Apr. 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 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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