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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Even the generosity of Josh King would be helpful, who is currently on penalty duties for the Cherries - right there is an immediate three or four more goals, at least., "Callum Wilson: Why Bournemouth's Leading Marksman Could Bag 20 Goals Next Season," 5 July 2019 Williams' generosity is reminiscent of the surprise Morehouse College graduates received earlier this year when billionaire investor Robert F. Smith vowed to pay off the student loans of the outgoing class. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "Pharrell Williams just offered internships to 114 Harlem high school grads," 3 July 2019 The generosity and the welcoming has been overwhelming. Daniel I. Dorfman,, "Shout Out: Jason Cody, chemistry professor," 1 July 2019 Their generosity towards the betterment of Lakewood is an inspiration for us all. John Benson,, "Lakewood and North Olmsted schedules Fourth of July festivities and fireworks," 25 June 2019 Such generosity is not unusual around Vanderbilt baseball: Three years ago a $2.5 million gift from Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price, once a Commodores standout, headlined a $12 million campaign to upgrade the baseball facilities. Pat Borzi, New York Times, "‘If You Don’t Have It, You’re Behind’: College Baseball’s Tech Arms Race," 25 June 2019 In light of the scandal that has swirled around the couple, and the ongoing debate about the workplace ethics of Amazon, Mackenzie's pledged generosity may be the best thing to ever come out of the company. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Mackenzie Bezos Signs a Pledge to Give Half Her Fortune to Charity—Your Move, Jeff," 28 May 2019 His generosity was as wide-ranging as his interests. Bill Gates, WSJ, "Bill Gates: How Paul Allen Changed My Life," 18 Oct. 2018 And generosity and justice are actually not the same. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Elites like Amazon’s Jeff Bezos think they’re being philanthropic. But they could do so much more.," 3 Oct. 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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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