Generosity
Generosity Gen`er*os"i*ty, n. [L. generositas: cf. F. g['e]n['e]rosit['e].] 1. Noble birth. [Obs.] --Harris (Voyages). [1913 Webster]

2. The quality of being noble; noble-mindedness. [1913 Webster]

Generosity is in nothing more seen than in a candid estimation of other men's virtues and good qualities. --Barrow. [1913 Webster]

3. Liberality in giving; munificence.

Syn: Magnanimity; liberality. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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