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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Davis Smith, one of the children that was a recipient of Hill’s generosity, thought attending the Tyreek Hill Football Camp was enough. Deaundra Allen, kansascity, "Chiefs' Tyreek Hill treats some kids to shopping spree," 16 June 2018 As befits its reputation for generosity, Canada is ranked in the top four of nations most accepting of migrants, according to a recent Gallup poll. The Christian Science Monitor, "A G7 summit with hospitality on the table," 22 May 2018 The Leo moon is a creative spirit, fueled by warmth, generosity, and (naturally) an audience. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Moon Sign Reveals About Your Emotional Personality," 23 Apr. 2018 Brimming with life force, generosity, humor, gravitas and a fountain of talent. Michael Dumas,, "Show Us Your Mardi Gras Gowns: MAMGA celebrates 80 years," 10 Feb. 2018 To prize progress over tradition is a form of generosity. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Generosity of Innovation," 28 June 2018 Moreover, playing at this level of generosity breeds a mirror response in listeners. Jeremy Eichler,, "At Rockport, ushering in a new chapter with Tchaikovsky, Golijov, and high spirits," 17 June 2018 Sometimes people try to accommodate their partners’ desires this way, out of generosity. Cari Romm, The Cut, "11 Sex Therapists on What Their Clients Tell Them About Oral Sex," 9 May 2018 But few knew about Beck's final gesture of generosity. Jonel Aleccia, CNN, "'Rapid autopsy' races the clock to unlock mysteries of cancer," 3 May 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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