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
Recent Examples on the Web The Queen and Prince Philip immediately put us at ease with their grace and generosity, turning a ceremonial occasion into something far more natural, even comfortable. Paulina Jayne Isaac, Glamour, 3 June 2021 Research suggests that being awed can trigger a sense of smallness, which in turn leads to greater generosity, willingness to help others and generally more pro-social behavior. New York Times, 1 June 2021 That openness and generosity became a new way of life for us. Washington Post, 31 May 2021 Your thoughts and actions of generosity project that gratefulness. Henry Devries, Forbes, 30 May 2021 The Orioles’ generosity has seemed to pay dividends thus far, with Double-A Bowie, High-A Aberdeen and Low-A Delmarva combining to go 41-17 entering play Thursday. Nathan Ruiz,, 27 May 2021 On social media, museum visitors and fellow writers and illustrators highlighted Carle’s generosity in sharing his time and talents with others. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 May 2021 In mainland China, Beijing's outstanding offer to provide Taiwan with vaccines was the No. 1 trending topic on top search engine Baidu on Tuesday, and many Chinese social media users questioned why Taiwan would reject China’s generosity. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, 25 May 2021 James’ generosity in acknowledging Curry’s phenomenal season is genuine. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 May 2021

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First Known Use of generosity

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of generosity was in 1566

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12 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Generosity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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