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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However, the long-term success of this important program will depend on the generosity of donors. National Geographic, "Scholarships," 12 June 2019 Laurie credits the generosity of the residents for the bridge conditions. Kristi Tanner,, "FREE PRESS INVESTIGATION Thank heavens: They finally got their bridge fixed; many communities still suffer," 7 June 2019 You will be stunned by the generosity of some, the horrible language of some and outright nasty behavior of others. Gary Richards, The Mercury News, "For some disabled, long DMV lines are a hardship: Roadshow," 5 June 2019 My work would be nothing without the generosity of so many others. Vogue, "19 FIT, Pratt, and Parsons 2019 Graduates on Their Collections and the Future of Fashion," 22 May 2019 In the ten years since then, the company—a registered 501(c)(3)—has completed more than 130 projects, thanks to the generosity of the design community. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "This Nonprofit Helps Designers Change People's Lives," 3 Apr. 2019 Strong sense of self-worth, confidence, kindness, generosity. Harper's BAZAAR, "Jennifer Aniston: The Naked Truth," 6 May 2019 For now, though, most big employers are only dabbling in generosity, with tuition discounts serving as an easy step into the shallow end of the pool. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Walmart’s too-good-to-be-true “$1 a day” college tuition plan, explained," 1 June 2018 The second panel that day is the Crown Princess of Norway [Mette-Marit] who is going to talk about investing in generosity and female philanthropists. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "Diane von Furstenberg Hosts International Women’s Day Event to Empower Women in Fashion," 9 Mar. 2018

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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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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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