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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Mothers must teach their daughters true love is about affection, selflessness, and generosity. Jenna Birch, Woman's Day, "11 Love Lessons Every Mother Should Teach Her Daughter," 23 Jan. 2019 The Outlander team was just phenomenal—so much talent and generosity. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Outlander Actor Yan Tual on His Character Father Alexandre's Excruciating Death," 22 Jan. 2019 But Subnautica is less than a year old, which means there’s a sizeable audience that’s never played it and might want to take advantage of Epic’s generosity. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Free copies of Subnautica: Epic Games Store kickstarts your library with a winner," 14 Dec. 2018 We were continuously humbled by how enthusiastic people were to host us, and this generosity saved us roughly $7,000 in housing costs. Alexandra Brown, SELF, "7 Steps I Took to Afford Taking a Year Off to Travel the World," 21 Nov. 2018 That decision limited the bill’s generosity and opened up devastating lines of attack that Republicans used, cynically but effectively, to portray themselves as defenders of Medicare in 2010. Ezra Klein, Vox, "The 3 decisions that will shape Medicare-for-all," 17 Dec. 2018 When people ask me what was the most surprising thing about our trip, my answer is the unparalleled generosity of people. Alexandra Brown, SELF, "7 Steps I Took to Afford Taking a Year Off to Travel the World," 21 Nov. 2018 His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds. Fox News, "Asia Argento reflects on Anthony Bourdain's death: 'Two weeks without you'," 22 June 2018 His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds. Nardine Saad,, "Anthony Bourdain's death stuns girlfriend Asia Argento and celebrity admirers," 8 June 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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