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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In the lead-up to the holidays, a row of overflowing stockings is a merry harbinger of the generosity to come, building anticipation as the big day grows near. Vogue, "Day 8: Stuff Your Stockings With Care," 12 Nov. 2018 But as 19 men showed the world their worst, we Americans displayed what makes our country great: courage and heroism, compassion and generosity, unity and resolve. John Mccain, Popular Mechanics, "John McCain: The 9/11 Conspiracy Myths and the Truth Under Attack," 11 Sep. 2018 The holy man made his living providing ritual sacrifices and herbal medicines for a hefty price and Samta’s generosity towards her villagers was damaging his business. Seema Yasmin, SELF, "In Rural India, Protecting Women From Witch Hunting, and an Impending Flood," 17 Aug. 2018 Lean into Venus’s generosity by reaching out to your distant community. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What August's Sagittarius Horoscope Means for You," 30 July 2018 The South Windsor Food and Fuel Bank can only operate due to the generosity of the community. Courant Community, "Community News For The South Windsor Edition," 12 June 2018 Pay tribute to the generosity of Gene Kleiner, who donated Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park to Meridian and its residents. Michelle Jenkins, idahostatesman, "June rocks with Alive After Five, family festivals and free movie nights | Idaho Statesman," 26 May 2018 The affected Mentor students, however, will get a trip after all, thanks to the generosity of Greater Clevelanders and area businesses, the school district reported. James Ewinger,, "Mentor schools to reimburse parents for cancelled field trip," 9 May 2018 The Oconomowoc Area School District has announced four grant awards to classroom projects around the district, thanks to the generosity of the Imagine a Day Foundation. Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Imagine A Day Foundation announces grants for Oconomowoc area schools," 30 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 \

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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