Definition of largesse in English:

largesse

(also largess)

noun

  • 1[mass noun] Generosity in bestowing money or gifts upon others:

    ‘presumably public money is not dispensed with such largesse to anyone else’
    • ‘This incredible Federal Reserve largesse did not go unnoticed by the leveraged speculating community.’
    • ‘As beneficiaries of government largesse, these individuals have somehow hijacked the American Dream.’
    • ‘Although he has no children of his own to inherit his fortune, he does have five nieces and nephews, all of whom benefit from his largesse from time to time.’
    • ‘Thus, it turns out that the declaration of ‘independence’ is dependent upon largesse from the oil conglomerates.’
    • ‘But it remains to be seen whether Bank of Scotland account holders will also benefit from such largesse.’
    • ‘Having benefitted immensely from her largesse, they cannot believe that the ‘daughter of the soil’ is no more.’
    • ‘Beneficiaries of her largesse have included the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Art Gallery.’
    • ‘The problem with affirmative action, it seems, is that it is dependent upon the largesse and consent of those who have no stake.’
    • ‘So wouldn't it be better to live in Scotland and benefit from such largesse rather than live in England and have to pay for it?’
    • ‘You know the big lavish parties with corporate largesse paying a lot of money.’
    • ‘In reality, of the legions of aspiring writers, directors and producers, only the tiniest minority have benefited from Lottery largesse.’
    • ‘Orange County was a prime beneficiary of Cold War largesse, and the enemy in Washington was their prime economic supplier.’
    • ‘He was quite happy, in fact, to rely upon US training and largesse less than twenty years ago.’
    • ‘In the UK, with our more traditional culture of charity and state largesse, time banks have taken a while to establish.’
    • ‘Perhaps they expect to benefit directly from his largesse.’
    • ‘I heard it too and it's not just coppers who are benefitting from this secret largesse, but politicians as well.’
    • ‘But a select group of eight York bigwigs have selflessly enjoyed Buckingham Palace largesse on our behalf.’
    • ‘Theatre, music, dance, the visual arts - all would benefit from this largesse.’
    • ‘So the developing countries, the main beneficiaries of US largesse, are digging in against other UN reforms unless they get the extra cash.’
    • ‘The GFT has been one of the beneficiaries of business largesse in the last year.’
    generosity, liberality, munificence, bounty, bountifulness, beneficence, benefaction, altruism, charity, philanthropy, magnanimity, benevolence, charitableness, open-handedness, kindness, big-heartedness, great-heartedness, lavishness, free-handedness, unselfishness, selflessness, self-sacrifice, self-denial
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    1. 1.1 Money or gifts given generously:
      ‘the distribution of largesse to the local population’
      • ‘Thou shalt be generous, and give largesse to everyone.’
      • ‘The distribution of National Lottery largesse is a complicated matter.’
      • ‘Since then, governments have been nothing less than ingenious in creating ways to bestow largesse on the business world.’
      • ‘We have a fairly patrician government that in the past handed out largesse that kept us going.’
      • ‘Politicians are elected, power is wielded, contracts are awarded, and government largess is handed out on the basis of tribal affiliations.’
      • ‘Can no longer function except to distribute billions of taxpayer largesse to politically connected corporations?’
      • ‘This conjures up the image of Pentagon suits running around with briefcases full of cash, dispensing taxpayer largesse to anyone who asks for it.’
      • ‘‘All our neighbours have a share of this largesse and many at present are looking for a second bite of the cherry,’ she added.’
      • ‘This may be because the PLP may use this fund as a mechanism for handing our largesse to their friends.’
      • ‘This largesse is heaped upon them by the car company PRs in the hope of keeping the journos on side and writing nice things.’
      • ‘There is no longer a bottomless pit from which largesse can be dispensed.’
      • ‘We have managed the Government's finances so well that he has opined that the low debt is crazy, and that National would borrow to dispense largesse to some of its mates.’
      • ‘Unlike so many diplomats and corporate heads who have a duty to be seen to be distributing largesse in impoverished rural areas, Grant was more than merely visible at events.’
      • ‘Instead, they risked being upended by the many people who have felt for some years that there is a lot of largesse sloshing around the nation which has not come their way.’
      • ‘In retrospect, Australia's flourishing multiculturalism was built on a fragile base: a booming economy with a wide distribution of its largesse.’
      • ‘You liked new engines, but management was scrupulous in its distribution of such largesse and your share was minute.’
      • ‘Of course, I had never seen a weighted, jangling, belly-swollen giant flop down a chimney and gaily dispense his largesse under a Christmas tree.’
      • ‘If they dispense largesse for any other reason, they are literally wasting the money of their shareholders.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, he said, this government was more interested in distribution of largesse on the basis of patronage.’
      • ‘Where does the FIH get money to distribute such largesse?’
      gifts, presents, donations, handouts, endowments, grants, aid, alms, offerings, favours, contributions
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French, from Latin largus copious.

Pronunciation:

largesse

/lɑːˈ(d)ʒɛs/