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

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 Williams certainly checked a number of those boxes, along with about a million others full of generosity, laughter and kindness. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, 7 Aug. 2022 Serhii Vakhrushev praises the generosity of locals, who helped the company in getting set up and finding housing for workers. David L. Stern, Washington Post, 22 July 2022 When Rosas finally made it to a specialist through the generosity of her friends, the doctor diagnosed her with kidney cancer. Hartford Courant, 29 June 2022 Kristina Minor said her family was overcome by the generosity of people who donated $10,000 in less than 12 hours. William Lee, Chicago Tribune, 8 June 2022 By this measure, the generosity of US government relief far exceeds the median member of the OECD, just as American inflation outstripped that benchmark. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, 27 May 2022 There was an intrinsic generosity to the design, which maximized light and air by placing the 51 residential buildings at least 60 feet apart and leaving three-quarters of the complex as open space. New York Times, 20 May 2022 There is, in fact, a generosity of spirit at Hawksmoor that begins with a very cordial greeting at the front, led by managers Melanie Greenblatt and Niamh Scott. John Mariani, Forbes, 18 May 2022 The generosity of the sponsors, donors, volunteers and 275 guests enabled the non-profit to raise over $108,000. cleveland, 14 May 2022 See More

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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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“Generosity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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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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