• WordNet 3.6
    • n liberality the trait of being generous in behavior and temperament
    • n liberality an inclination to favor progress and individual freedom
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ever wonder how Swiss cheese is made? As the cheese ferments, a bacterial action generates gas. As the gas is liberated, it bubbles through the cheese, leaving all those holes.
    • Liberality A gift; a gratuity; -- sometimes in the plural; as, a prudent man is not impoverished by his liberalities .
    • Liberality The quality or state of being liberal; liberal disposition or practice; freedom from narrowness or prejudice; generosity; candor; charity. "That liberality is but cast away
      Which makes us borrow what we can not pay."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The football huddle started at Gallaudet University (the world's only accredited four-year liberal arts college for the deaf) in the 19th century when the football team found that opposing teams were reading their signed messages and intercepting their plays.
    • n liberality The quality of being liberal in thought or opinion; largeness of mind; catholicity; impartiality: as, liberality in religion or politics; he treats his opponent's views with great liberality.
    • n liberality Freeness in imparting or yielding; disposition to give or concede; generosity; bounty; magnanimity: as, liberality in one's donations or concessions.
    • n liberality An expression or manifestation of generosity; that which is generously given.
    • n liberality Synonyms Bounty, Generosity, etc. (see beneficence), bountifulness; toleration, candor.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When Swiss cheese ferments, a bacterial action generates gas. As the gas is liberated, it bubbles through the cheese leaving holes. Cheese-makers call them "eyes."
    • Liberality the quality of being liberal: generosity: largeness or nobleness of mind: candour: impartiality
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  • Gloria Steinem
    “A liberated woman is one who has sex before marriage and a job after.”
  • Jean De La Bruyere
    “Liberality consists less in giving a great deal than in gifts well-timed.”
  • Bible
    “The Liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself. [Proverbs 11.25]”
  • Dick Gregory
    Dick Gregory
    “Hell hath no fury like a liberal scorned.”
  • Roger Vadim
    Roger Vadim
    “From the moment I liberated Brigitte, the moment I showed her how to be truly herself, our marriage was all downhill.”
  • Jean Baudrillard
    “It is always the same: once you are liberated, you are forced to ask who you are.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. liberalitas,: cf. F. libéralité,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. liberalis, befitting a freeman—liber, free, akin to libet, lubet, it pleases.


In literature:

Claiming to be a Deist, it is probable that he was a very liberal one.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
He has been liberal with his crops and his animals, and has ever found them grateful.
"Talks on Manures" by Joseph Harris
He was more than ordinarily generous; and gave with a liberality that went at times beyond what most men would look upon as prudence.
"James Fenimore Cooper" by Thomas R. Lounsbury
When gentlemen will be too liberal, their liberality must be repressed.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
In 1846 Rothschild was elected as a Liberal M.P.
"The Rise of the Democracy" by Joseph Clayton
The people of New York are very liberal in matters of opinion.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
The truth is, I was beginning to prefer intellectual excellence to moral; I was drifting in the direction of liberalism.
"Apologia pro Vita Sua" by John Henry Newman
From 1865 to 1868 he was Liberal M.P.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
In 1878, after the liberation of the country, there were 1658 schools in the towns and villages.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
I had not formed the highest opinion of his liberality.
"Captains of Industry" by James Parton

In poetry:

Indeed, in spite of all the mists
That grow from social codes, I see
The liberal likeness which exists
Throughout our whole humanity.
"Black Lizzie" by Henry Kendall
To scatter happiness o'er all—
To counsel,—pity,—or relieve:
To raise the weary-weak who fall,
And liberal, to lend,—to give.—
"The Greatest of all is Charity" by John Bowring
If parent, aunt, or liberal friend,
With splendid shilling line your purse,
Do not the same on sweetmeats spend,
Nor appetite with pampering nurse.
"Moderation In Diet" by Charles Lamb
Nelle chiese c'era l'organo,
Avean trombe i cavalieri,
Ma la musica del popolo
Era quella dei trovieri
E le libere parole
Uscian fuor delle mandole.
"Evo Medio" by Ferdinando Fontana
Once more the liberal year laughs out
O'er richer stores than gems or gold;
Once more with harvest-song and shout
Is Nature's bloodless triumph told.
"For An Autumn festival" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The born-child of a Power that lives
Because it will and can,
A Love whose slightest motion gives,
A Freedom that forever strives
To liberate his Man.
"Sunday" by George MacDonald

In news:

THE BITTER END It's a common refrain among liberals that the best way to "support the troops" is to get them out of Iraq and bring them home.
Clad in all black, about a dozen members of the revolutionary Black Riders Liberation Party traveled through South L.A.
Dredge steaks liberally with blackening .
We liberals are personally stingy.
Obama's Willingness to Continue Bush Approach to Religious Charities Aims to Woo Evangelicals but Vexes Liberals.
Liberals, you should rein in the triumphalism.
HURRICANE-STRENGTH GUSTS from the liberal blogosphere these past two weeks have buffeted and rocked anyone who has dared to suggest that the Jack Abramoff scandal is in any manner a bipartisan affair.
The Catholic hierarchy is walling itself off ideologically, intensifying its campaign to slam shut church windows opened by the liberalizing Second Vatican Council.
In recent weeks, three opinion magazines—the centrist Atlantic, the liberal American Prospect, and the neoconservative Weekly Standard —have all published articles on the subject.
Like most of you, I'm a mix of Liberal and Conservative.
Mostly Conservative since I think they're right on issues more than Liberals.
I've found that if you want to figure out what Liberals think on any issue you have to imagine what a 22 year old college student thinks would freak out their dad.
The liberal elite's rhetoric takes an authoritarian turn.
The 2012 Presidential election is now less than one year away, and conservatives and liberals are doing everything they can to swing voters in their direction.
Israel is not utopia, but it is a liberal democracy in the best sense of the word.

In science:

In a traditional accretion disk, this is the source of the radiant energy and this explains why the energy release in simple models is three times the locally liberated binding energy.
Particles and Fields in Radio Galaxies: A Summary
Here ρvac is the total free energy density liberated and κ is an efficiency factor which accounts for the fraction of the available energy which goes directly into kinetic, as opposed to thermal, energy.
Gravitational Radiation From Cosmological Turbulence
The broad band shows a liberal range for η10 consistent with the observations.
Big Bang Nucleosynthesis, Implications of Recent CMB Data and Supersymmetric Dark Matter
With liberal conditions on the asymptotic structure, S must be rather restrictively defined for S ≤ S0 to obtain.
Adventures in de Sitter space
The SiO molecules are liberated from dust grains shocked by the outflow, and thus trace the outflow more directly than a general gas tracer like CO.
Millimetre Science with the Upgraded Australia Telescope