largesse
[ lar- jes ]
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Part of Speechnoun, nounOrigin + Etymology
Middle English; from Old French; from Latin largus 'copious'
Synonyms
noun
goodness hospitality kindness unselfishness
noun
donation endowment philanthropy
Antonyms
noun
selfishness malevolence
noun
uncharitableness unkindness
Definition
noungenerosity of spirit or attitude
nounthe generous bestowal of gifts, favors, or money
Examples
nounA) He was always willing to share his time with people who needed it, and that largesse drew people to him. B) She could count on the largesse of her family to help her through emotionally-fraught times.
nounA) The holiday season is often marked by largesse, as most holidays feature gift-giving of some kind. B) That charity's largesse actually worked against it, as it had trouble managing its overhead as a result.
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