- Generosity in bestowing money or gifts upon others.
- Money or gifts given generously.
“My uncle’s largesse gave me the opportunity to study abroad in college.”
“The town renovated their community center with the largesse from an anonymous donor.”
“The winter holidays bring about acts of largesse along with the celebrations.”
Latin, early 14th century
Why this word?
“Largesse” is based on an Old French word, which came from the Latin “largus,” meaning “abundant.” Some celebrities are so committed to giving to others and philanthropic causes that they’re almost better known for their largesse than for their work as entertainers. Singer Rihanna is emblematic of this kind of generosity: She has given millions to fund climate-change research as well as to education and health care for people living in poverty. Other celebrities are known for a personal kind of largesse. For example, Keanu Reeves has made a name for himself as a quintessential good guy with a friendly demeanor toward those who encounter him in person, and he’s quick to help out struggling individuals.
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