Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Liberality in giving or willingness to give: a scholarship funded by the generosity of anonymous donors.
  • n. Nobility of thought or behavior; magnanimity.
  • n. Amplitude; abundance.
  • n. A generous act.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the trait of being willing to donate money and/or time
  • n. acting generously
  • n. the trait of being more than adequate
  • n. (uncountable) good breeding; nobility of stock
  • n. a generous act

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Noble birth.
  • n. The quality of being noble; noble-mindedness.
  • n. Liberality in giving; munificence.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Nobility; the order of nobles.
  • n. The quality of being generous; magnanimity; liberality of sentiment and action; more specifically, a disposition to give liberally or to bestow favors; a quality of the heart or mind opposed to meanness or parsimony.
  • n. Liberality in act; munificence: as, the object of one's generosity.
  • n. A generous act.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. acting generously
  • n. the trait of being willing to give your money or time

Etymologies

Middle English generosite, from Old French, from Latin generōsitās, from generōsus, generous; see generous.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
generous +‎ -ity (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The OED says that generosity comes from the Latin word genus which means kind, as in ilk not nicety.

    The Generosity Plan

  • And I have plenty of company; Bob lets several of his close friends hunt there, and his generosity is appreciated by us all.

    For Which We Give Thanks

  • The affection which I have for you, which you call generosity, gives me no such claim, and it gives me no desire to tear open those wounds which your poor heart must feel so keenly.

    The Cryptogram A Novel

  • She seemed much moved by what she called my generosity: she consented; we were married.

    The Parisians — Volume 06

  • You did not conceal from me that I was not sufficient to constitute all your world: you threw yourself, as you had done once before, upon what you called my generosity: you did not deceive yourself then; you have not deceived yourself now.

    Falkland, Complete

  • "The conference officials found out that nearby school kids had nothing for Christmas, so they organized Christmas parties for them and sent in presents," said Arndt. That kind of generosity is flowing in from churches around the country.

    Hurricane Katrina

  • But, as we have pointed out, here and here, the current wave of migration to the Canaries, which has triggered this sudden "generosity", is entirely due to the effect of the predatory third country fishing agreements, which are depriving Africans of their livelihoods.

    Stop stealing their fish

  • Medicaid allows for significant state-to-state variation in generosity and coverage levels.

    Matthew Yglesias » Leave Health Care to the States?

  • Montserrat Caballé as part of the Christmas teevee swill! that prayer and forgiveness always do the trick that generosity is pretty potent, too

    Felix et errabunda LII

  • Browncoat generosity is becoming legendary around here!

    The Cause – “We’re just happy to be doin’ good works” | Can't Stop the Serenity

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