liberality


liberality
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(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Generosity
Nouns
1. liberality, generosity, unselfishness, munificence, largesse, bounty; charity, hospitality, beneficence, philanthropy; prodigality; fullness, broadness, breadth.
2. tolerance, catholicity, bigness, broad-mindedness, impartiality, lack of or freedom from bigotry, magnanimity. See justice.
3. gift, donation, present, gratuity, benefaction; giver, benefactor, philanthropist. Informal, big tipper. See giving, benevolence.
Verbs — spend freely, shower down upon, open one's purse strings, spare no expense, give carte blanche, lavish; liberalize, broaden.
Adjectives
1. liberal, free, generous, handsome, charitable, beneficent, philanthropic; bounteous, bountiful, unsparing, ungrudging, unstinting, lavish, profuse; open- or freehanded, open- or largehearted; hospitable, unselfish, princely, prodigal, munificent.
2. tolerant, catholic, progressive, broad- or large-minded, magnanimous, impartial, unbigoted, open-minded, receptive.
Adverbs — liberally, generously, etc.; with both hands. Interjection — keep the change!
Quotations — God loveth a cheerful giver (Bible), Defer not charities till death (Francis Bacon).
Antonyms, see economy, parsimony, selfishness.
II
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [Generosity]
Syn. benevolence, charity, giving; see generosity 1 .
2. [Broad-mindedness]
Syn. free thought, progressivism, universality; see liberalism .
III
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun The quality or state of being generous: big-heartedness, bounteousness, bountifulness, free-handedness, generosity, generousness, great-heartedness, large-heartedness, lavishness, magnanimity, magnanimousness, munificence, openhandedness, unselfishness, unsparingness. See GIVE.

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  • liberality — mid 14c., generosity, from O.Fr. liberalité generosity, liberality (13c.), from L. liberalitatem (nom. liberalitas) way of thinking or acting befitting a free man, noun of quality from liberalis (see LIBERAL (Cf. liberal)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • liberality — I noun benefaction, beneficence, benefit, benevolence, charitableness, chivalry, clemency, generosity, generous giving, generous offering, generousness, gratuity, habit of giving, kindness, lavishness, lenience, liberal mindedness, magnanimity,… …   Law dictionary

  • liberality — [lib΄ər al′i tē] n. pl. liberalities [ME liberalite < OFr < L liberalitas] the quality or state of being liberal; specif., a) willingness to give or share freely; generosity b) absence of narrowness or prejudice in thinking; broad… …   English World dictionary

  • Liberality — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Liberality >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 liberality liberality generosity munificence Sgm: N 1 bounty bounty bounteous bounteousness bountifulness Sgm: N 1 hospitality hospitality Sgm: N 1 charity …   English dictionary for students

  • liberality — noun (U) formal 1 understanding of, and respect for, other people s opinions: a spirit of liberality and fairness 2 the quality of being generous …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • liberality — liberal ► ADJECTIVE 1) willing to respect and accept behaviour or opinions different from one s own. 2) (of a society, law, etc.) favourable to individual rights and freedoms. 3) (in a political context) favouring individual liberty, free trade,… …   English terms dictionary

  • liberality — noun (plural ties) Date: 14th century the quality or state of being liberal; also an instance of this …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • liberality — /lib euh ral i tee/, n., pl. liberalities. 1. the quality or condition of being liberal in giving; generosity; bounty. 2. a liberal gift. 3. breadth of mind. 4. broadness or fullness, as of proportions or physical attributes. 5. liberalism. [1300 …   Universalium

  • liberality — noun The property of being liberal …   Wiktionary