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

  • n. Liberality in bestowing gifts, especially in a lofty or condescending manner.
  • n. Money or gifts bestowed.
  • n. Generosity of spirit or attitude.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Generosity in the giving of gifts or money.
  • n. The gifts or money given in such a way.
  • n. A benevolent demeanor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Liberality; generosity; bounty.
  • n. A present; a gift; a bounty bestowed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Liberality; generosity; bounty.
  • n. A liberal gift or donation; a present; a bounty bestowed.
  • n. Synonyms Gratuity, etc. See present, n.

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

  • n. a gift or money given (as for service or out of benevolence); usually given ostentatiously
  • n. liberality in bestowing gifts; extremely liberal and generous of spirit

Etymologies

Middle English largesse, from Old French, from large, generous, from Latin largus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French largesse, Old French largesce (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Be sure to call it "largess" if he scatters it among them.

    How to Write a Novel for the Masses

  • Sure, there are many people who want Griffin reappointed-and nearly every one of them is scared of losing their federal largess from the Constellation money pot.

    Vote To Keep Mike - NASA Watch

  • But he who has naught can dispense the world in largess; and I, who had naught, gave Kim captaincy of the palace guards.

    Chapter 15

  • If you mean moving the ball forward in terms of international attention, or in terms of eventually getting recognition and largess from the West for the former PLO (which at the start of the first intifada was exiled to Tunisia), then yes.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Strategic Logic of Nonviolence

  • The future of that largess is in doubt a year into the credit crunch, with the bankruptcy filing of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and the sale of Merrill Lynch & Co. adding to the thousands of jobs already lost — and the likelihood that more will come.

    restaurants stores autos fashion entertainment

  • Since nothing in The Constitution authorizes the US gubmint to send billions of taxpayer dollars out to foreign countries as “aid”, any potential candidate for the Whitehouse not in favor of such largess is automatically disqualified by the likes of AIPAC and their ilk. little guy

    Ron Paul on the Wiretap Bill « Antiwar.com Blog

  • Some of this largess is given as strings attached grants to universities; primarily to the U of Texas, U of Tulsa, and Stanford.

    Oil

  • It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largess from the public treasure.

    Coyote Blog » Blog Archive » On Class Warfare and Income Taxes, Part 1

  • This blog - and a host of other St. Blog's parishioners - are the recipients of largess from a semi-anonymous benefactress.

    02/01/2003 - 03/01/2003

  • I believe if one looked back to even the 1950’s one would find a great deal less in public largess from the government to the populace, so one could argue that the public * is* using its numbers to alter the system.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Democracy and the Appeal of Socialism

Comments

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  • Like a digress, but bigger.

    December 14, 2009

  • "So, when the bards and the heralds came to cry largess, and to proclaim the power of the king, and his strength, at the moment when they passed by the corner wherein he was crouching, Taliesin pouted out his lips after them, and played 'Blerwm, blerwm!' with his finger upon his lips."
    - Thomas Bulfinch, 'Age of Fable'.

    September 19, 2009

  • cf largesse

    July 22, 2008