Largesse
Largess Lar"gess, Largesse Lar"gesse (l[aum]r*j[e^]s" or l[aum]r"j[e^]s), n. [F. largesse, fr. large. See {Large}, a.] 1. Liberality; generosity; bounty. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Fulfilled of largesse and of all grace. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. A present; a gift; a bounty bestowed. [1913 Webster]

The heralds finished their proclamation with their usual cry of ``Largesse, largesse, gallant knights!'' and gold and silver pieces were showered on them from the galleries. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]


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  • largesse — [ larʒɛs ] n. f. • XIIe; de large 1 ♦ La largesse. Disposition à être généreux. ⇒ générosité, libéralité, munificence. Donner avec largesse. Profiter de la largesse de qqn. 2 ♦ Une, des largesses. Don fait d une manière large, généreuse. Faire… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • largesse — Largesse, Condonatio, Munificentia, Largitio, Largitas. Largesse, quand les Rois et Princes jettent par les heraulx de l argent à poignées parmi le peuple, et que le heraut crie largesse, Missilia. Crier largesse, Largiter inclamare. B. Faire… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • largesse — Largesse. s. f. Liberalité, distribution d argent ou d autre chose. Faire largesse au peuple. en cette rejoüissance publique les Herauts crioient largesse. il y eut ce jour là grande largesse. ce n est pas un homme qui fasse de grandes largesses …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • largesse — UK [lɑː(r)ˈdʒes] / US [lɑrˈdʒes] or largess UK / US noun Word forms largesse : singular largesse plural largesses formal a) [uncountable] generous acts of giving presents or money to a large number of people b) [countable] money or presents given …   English dictionary

  • largesse — or largess [lär jes′, lär′jis] n. 〚ME largesse < OFr < large, LARGE〛 1. generous giving, as from a patron 2. a gift or gifts given in a generous, or sometimes showy or pat …   Universalium

  • largesse — UK US (also largess) /lɑːˈʒes/ US  /lɑrˈdʒes/ noun [U] ► the fact of giving away money in a generous way: »We ve accomplished a great deal through our growing largesse to meaningful non profit organizations in communities where we do business …   Financial and business terms

  • largesse — also largess, willingness to give or spend freely; munificence, c.1200, from O.Fr. largesse a bounty, munificence, from V.L. *largitia abundance, from L. largus abundant (see LARGE (Cf. large)). In medieval theology, the virtue whose opposite is… …   Etymology dictionary

  • largesse — or largess [lär jes′, lär′jis] n. [ME largesse < OFr < large, LARGE] 1. generous giving, as from a patron 2. a gift or gifts given in a generous, or sometimes showy or patronizing, way 3. nobility of spirit …   English World dictionary

  • largesse — index contribution (donation), grant Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • largesse — is now the dominant form for this word meaning ‘generosity’ or ‘money given freely’, not largess as recommended by Fowler in 1926 …   Modern English usage

  • largesse — (also largess) ► NOUN 1) generosity. 2) money or gifts given generously. ORIGIN Old French, from Latin largus copious …   English terms dictionary

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