generosity

noun
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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The two actresses make for an interesting pairing, as the low-simmering rage and frustration of Theron's Marlo is tempered by the beatific generosity of Davis' Tully. Mark Olsen, latimes.com, "‘Tully’ is just the latest film to show why Mackenzie Davis is such a force on screen," 8 May 2018 Their generosity and kindness, of course, can sometimes be eclipsed by their impatience and carelessness, which makes The Santa Clause the ultimate Sagittarius holiday film. Marilyn La Jeunesse, Teen Vogue, "The Best Christmas Movies to Watch According to Your Zodiac Sign," 26 Nov. 2018 Your giving plan will ensure that your dollars are given with purpose and your generosity creates impact. Linda Davis Taylor, SELF, "Beyond Giving Tuesday: How to Make a Giving Plan and Why You Need One," 26 Nov. 2018 His generosity and humor set the bar for rest of us that remain in this profession. The Editors, ELLE Decor, "Remembering Mario Buatta: Designers, Colleagues, and Clients Share Their Memories of the "Prince of Chintz"," 16 Oct. 2018 Paul’s family and friends were blessed to experience his wit, warmth, his generosity and deep concern. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dead at 65," 15 Oct. 2018 Paul’s family and friends were blessed to experience his wit, warmth, his generosity and deep concern. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Paul Allen, Microsoft and Stratolaunch Co-Founder, Dead at 65," 15 Oct. 2018 There is a generosity, even a joy in the book that was a wonderful balm during this fall of seemingly ceaseless political contention. WSJ, "Who Read What in 2018: History and Journalism," 10 Dec. 2018 Fred Trump’s generosity also provided a crucial backstop when his son pleaded with bankers in 1990 for an emergency line of credit. Susanne Craig, The Seattle Times, "Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes as he reaped riches from father," 2 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of generosity

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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generosity

noun

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

generosity

noun
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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