Definition of generosity noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌdʒenəˈrɒsəti//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdʒenəˈrɑːsəti//
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[uncountable, singular] generosity (to/towards somebody) the fact of being generous (= willing to give somebody money, gifts, time or kindness freely) He treated them with generosity and thoughtfulness. Word Originlate Middle English (denoting nobility of birth): from Latin generositas, from generosus ‘magnanimous’, from genus, gener- ‘stock, race’. Current senses date from the 17th cent.Extra examples How can I repay your generosity? She showed an unusual generosity of spirit to those who had opposed her. The hospital has now bought a new body scanner, thanks to the generosity of local fund-raisers. Their guests took advantage of their generosity, overstaying their welcome by several days. their great generosity to the school He treated them with great generosity.
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