Definition of largesse in US English:


(also largess)


  • 1Generosity in bestowing money or gifts upon others.

    ‘dispensing his money with such largesse’
    • ‘Thus, it turns out that the declaration of ‘independence’ is dependent upon largesse from the oil conglomerates.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘The GFT has been one of the beneficiaries of business largesse in the last year.’
    • ‘Perhaps they expect to benefit directly from his largesse.’
    • ‘He was quite happy, in fact, to rely upon US training and largesse less than twenty years ago.’
    • ‘Having benefitted immensely from her largesse, they cannot believe that the ‘daughter of the soil’ is no more.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the UK, with our more traditional culture of charity and state largesse, time banks have taken a while to establish.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You know the big lavish parties with corporate largesse paying a lot of money.’
    • ‘The problem with affirmative action, it seems, is that it is dependent upon the largesse and consent of those who have no stake.’
    • ‘But a select group of eight York bigwigs have selflessly enjoyed Buckingham Palace largesse on our behalf.’
    • ‘So the developing countries, the main beneficiaries of US largesse, are digging in against other UN reforms unless they get the extra cash.’
    • ‘Orange County was a prime beneficiary of Cold War largesse, and the enemy in Washington was their prime economic supplier.’
    • ‘Theatre, music, dance, the visual arts - all would benefit from this largesse.’
    • ‘I heard it too and it's not just coppers who are benefitting from this secret largesse, but politicians as well.’
    • ‘But it remains to be seen whether Bank of Scotland account holders will also benefit from such largesse.’
    • ‘Beneficiaries of her largesse have included the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Art Gallery.’
    • ‘In reality, of the legions of aspiring writers, directors and producers, only the tiniest minority have benefited from Lottery largesse.’
    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’
      • ‘This conjures up the image of Pentagon suits running around with briefcases full of cash, dispensing taxpayer largesse to anyone who asks for it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Since then, governments have been nothing less than ingenious in creating ways to bestow largesse on the business world.’
      • ‘Can no longer function except to distribute billions of taxpayer largesse to politically connected corporations?’
      • ‘If they dispense largesse for any other reason, they are literally wasting the money of their shareholders.’
      • ‘‘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 largesse is heaped upon them by the car company PRs in the hope of keeping the journos on side and writing nice things.’
      • ‘You liked new engines, but management was scrupulous in its distribution of such largesse and your share was minute.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There is no longer a bottomless pit from which largesse can be dispensed.’
      • ‘The distribution of National Lottery largesse is a complicated matter.’
      • ‘This may be because the PLP may use this fund as a mechanism for handing our largesse to their friends.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Thou shalt be generous, and give largesse to everyone.’
      • ‘Where does the FIH get money to distribute such largesse?’
      • ‘In retrospect, Australia's flourishing multiculturalism was built on a fragile base: a booming economy with a wide distribution of its largesse.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, he said, this government was more interested in distribution of largesse on the basis of patronage.’
      gifts, presents, donations, handouts, endowments, grants, aid, alms, offerings, favours, contributions
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Middle English: from Old French, from Latin largus ‘copious’.