lar·​gesse | \ lär-ˈzhes How to pronounce largesse (audio) , lär-ˈjes How to pronounce largesse (audio) also ˈlär-ˌjes \
variants: or less commonly largess

Definition of largesse

1 : liberal giving (as of money) to or as if to an inferior a philanthropist known for his largesse also : something so given projects depending on a flow of federal largesse
2 : generosity his generosity of spirit, an absolutely natural largesse— Harvey Breit

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The word largesse, which also can be spelled largess, comes from Anglo-French large, meaning "generous."

Examples of largesse in a Sentence

He relied on the largesse of friends after he lost his job.
Recent Examples on the Web Some of this largesse comes with the condition that institutions freeze tuition. NBC News, 6 Feb. 2022 The beneficiaries of this federal largesse may be grateful. Sally Pipes, Forbes, 18 Jan. 2022 Turkey and Iran have activated dams and tunnels to divert water from tributaries of the Tigris and Euphrates, leaving downstream Iraq — which relies on the two rivers’ largesse for 60% of its freshwater resources — with an acute shortage. Los Angeles Times, 27 Dec. 2021 The company did, however, support every sponsor of the measure with campaign contributions, part of its extraordinary financial largesse to Florida politicians, including DeSantis himself. Michael Hiltzikbusiness Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 25 Apr. 2022 The true testament to its largesse was what the prolific Wonder did next: nothing, for three years, then an album about plants. Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, 5 Apr. 2022 Disney is a multi-national corporation used to getting its way, mainly through its largesse of campaign contributions. Mark I. Pinsky, Variety, 4 Apr. 2022 Caruso’s campaign largesse remains well below the mayoral money high-water mark set by Michael R. Bloomberg in New York City. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2022 Industry leaders say Republican politicians, who have widely embraced crypto, will benefit from the sector’s largesse. Washington Post, 13 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of largesse

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for largesse

Middle English largesse, from Anglo-French, from large

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15 May 2022

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“Largesse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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