n. pl. gen·er·os·i·ties
1. Liberality in giving or willingness to give: a philanthropist's generosity.
2. Kindness or magnanimity: spoke of his rival with generosity.
3. Amplitude; abundance: the generosity of the salaries.
4. A generous act: "The cries of welcome recalled vanished generosities of the old city" (Lawrence Durrell).
[Middle English generosite, from Old French, from Latin generōsitās, from generōsus, generous; see GENEROUS.]
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