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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bounty  \Boun"ty\,  n.;  pl  {Bounties}.  [OE.  bounte  goodness, 
  kindness,  F.  bont['e],  fr  L.  bonitas,  fr  bonus  good,  for 
  older  duonus  cf  Skr.  duvas  honor,  respect.] 
  1.  Goodness,  kindness;  virtue;  worth.  [Obs.] 
 
  Nature  set  in  her  at  once  beauty  with  bounty. 
  --Gower. 
 
  2.  Liberality  in  bestowing  gifts  or  favors;  gracious  or 
  liberal  giving;  generosity;  munificence. 
 
  My  bounty  is  as  boundless  as  the  sea.  --Shak. 
 
  3.  That  which  is  given  generously  or  liberally.  ``Thy  morning 
  bounties.''  --Cowper. 
 
  4.  A  premium  offered  or  given  to  induce  men  to  enlist  into 
  the  public  service;  or  to  encourage  any  branch  of 
  industry,  as  husbandry  or  manufactures. 
 
  {Bounty  jumper},  one  who  during  the  latter  part  of  the  Civil 
  War,  enlisted  in  the  United  States  service,  and  deserted 
  as  soon  as  possible  after  receiving  the  bounty.  [Collog.] 
 
 
  {Queen  Anne's  bounty}  (Eng.  Hist.),  a  provision  made  in  Queen 
  Anne's  reign  for  augmenting  poor  clerical  livings. 
 
  Syn:  Munificence;  generosity;  beneficence. 




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