• WordNet 3.6
    • adj generous more than adequate "a generous portion"
    • adj generous willing to give and share unstintingly "a generous donation"
    • adj generous not petty in character and mind "unusually generous in his judgment of people"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Generous Characterized by generosity; abundant; overflowing; as, a generous table.
    • Generous Exhibiting those qualities which are popularly reregarded as belonging to high birth; noble; honorable; magnanimous; spirited; courageous. "The generous critic.""His generous spouse.""A generous pack [of hounds]."
    • Generous Full of spirit or strength; stimulating; exalting; as, generous wine.
    • Generous Of honorable birth or origin; highborn. "The generous and gravest citizens."
    • Generous Open-handed; free to give; not close or niggardly; munificent; as, a generous friend or father.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • generous Being of noble or honorable birth or origin; well-born.
    • generous Possessed of or showing blood or breeding; spirited; courageous; thoroughbred.
    • generous Noble in character or quality; honorable; magnanimous.
    • generous Liberal; bountiful; munificent: as, a generous giver or gift.
    • generous Strong; full of spirit: as, generous wine.
    • generous Full; overflowing; abundant: as, a generous cup; a generous table.
    • generous Synonyms Magnanimous, etc. (see noble); high-minded.
    • generous Open-handed; free-handed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Generous jen′ėr-us of a noble nature: courageous: liberal: bountiful: invigorating in its nature, as wine:
    • adj Generous jen′ėr-us (obs.) nobly born
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  • Henry Home
    Henry Home
    “The truly generous is the truly wise, and he who loves not others, lives unblest.”
  • William E. Gladstone
    “Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won't have to hunt for happiness.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “The strangest, most generous, and proudest of all virtues is true courage.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “It is always so pleasant to be generous, though very vexatious to pay debts.”
  • Euripides
    “To generous souls every task is noble.”
  • Sidney J. Harris
    “People who think they're generous to a fault usually think that's their only fault.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. généreux, fr. L. generous, of noble birth, noble, excellent, magnanimous, fr. genus, birth, race: cf. It. generoso,. See 2d Gender
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. généreux—L. generosus, of noble birth—genus, birth.


In literature:

Tom had a pleasant, round face, and you might live with him a week, and think him one of the noblest, most generous boys you ever knew.
"Choice Readings for the Home Circle" by Anonymous
But their Order was rich in slaves and land, in mills and herds and flocks and generous harvests.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
She's enormously rich herself, and very generous.
"The Fifth Wheel" by Olive Higgins Prouty
Surely he was then a warm-hearted, generous boy.
"The Loyalists, Vol. 1-3" by Jane West
Feeling so generous an enthusiasm for the fatherland and its soldiers, you want to become a merchant?
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
His Grace was a man of a generous disposition.
"Henrietta Temple A Love Story" by Benjamin Disraeli
He was exceedingly generous, and spent money lavishly in furthering projects of reform.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
How generous they all were, Mary thought, with an impulse of gratitude towards those dear class-fellows that brought the tears to her eyes.
"Mary Gray" by Katharine Tynan
Giving does not impoverish either her ample purse or her generous heart.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
How could she, orphan as she was called, and unencouraged, come to be a noble and generous-hearted woman?
"An Outcast" by F. Colburn Adams

In poetry:

One year ago,--what loves, what schemes
Far into life!
What joyous hopes, what high resolves,
What generous strife!
""Only A Year"" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Oh, mercifullest one of all,
Oh, generous as dear,
None lived so lowly, none so small,
Thou couldst withhold thy tear:
"After Spanish Proverb" by Dorothy Parker
Now in Tuscany,
Pomegranates to warm, your hands at;
And crowns, kingly, generous, tilting crowns
Over the left eyebrow.
"PomegranateYOU tell me I am wrong." by D H Lawrence
A soul of fire, a tender heart
Too warm for hate, he knew
The generous victor's graceful part
To sheathe the sword he drew.
"William Francis Bartlett" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Courage and truth, a generous breast
Where sinless sunshine lay:
A being whose very presence blest
Like gladsome summer-day.
"The Wanderer From The Fold" by Emily Jane Bronte
Thou hast taught me, Silent River!
Many a lesson, deep and long;
Thou hast been a generous giver;
I can give thee but a song.
"To The River Charles" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School recently announced yet another generous donation from out-of-state benefactors connected to the private school's headmaster.
At the end of the school day on March 15, several members of the Canfield Education Association hung around to help load a generous donation the membership raised for the Sojourner House.
When, several months ago, we asked for your stories about your adventures with the Spitfire , we touched a nerve with many of you, who generously took the time to write in.
The stairs encourage public use of the building's upper floors, provide "attractive and generous circulation" between the building's first two floors, and highlight the building's interior dome.
Cover the warm grilled bread slices with a generous layer of strawberry-tomato salad.
To be generous, these complaints are not completely without foundation.
The British people have always been known to be generous when it comes to donations.
A Florida soldier wounded in the war in Afghanistan is back home and enjoying his favorite pastime, thanks to a generous businessman.
Small spots of hardened candle wax can be removed from tablecloths by rubbing with a generous dollop of vegetable oil.
"We would like to thank the community for their generous donation and support of the PCBA," said PCBA Trustee Bruno Romeo.
It takes guts for an actress to play Elizabeth Taylor -- guts, hubris, talent, empathy and a pretty generous capacity for risk.
Growing up in Jefferson City, I have always loved this community for the caring, generous people that live here and I am fortunate enough to see that spirit on a daily basis.
And unlike some local tapers , Ritscher was generous.
LOS ANGELES—Los Angeles is hoping taxpayers are in a generous mood.
CLEVELAND, Ohio — People are very generous during the holidays.

In science:

Thanks to Wim van Dam for generously sharing his ideas on the continuous time random walk.
Quantum Random Walks Hit Exponentially Faster
Acknowledgements We are grateful to Larry Lidz, Conor McGrath, Dustin Mitchell, Yugo Nakai, Alain Roy, and Xuehai Zhang for their insightful comments and generous support. This research was supported in part by the National Science Foundation under contract ITR-0086044.
Mapping the Gnutella Network: Properties of Large-Scale Peer-to-Peer Systems and Implications for System Design
Without their generous hospitality, none of the observations presented herein would have been possible.
Dynamics of the Globular Cluster System Associated with M49 (NGC4472): Cluster Orbital Properties and the Distribution of Dark Matter
The black line outlines our rather generous selection boundary.
The Globular Cluster System of NGC 5128 I. Survey and Catalogs
We are grateful to Matt Choptuik for generous help in getting started with the RNPL package.
Asymptotic silence of generic cosmological singularities