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  3  definitions  found 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bounty 
  n  1:  payment  or  reward  (esp  from  a  government)  for  acts  such  as 
  catching  criminals  or  killing  predatory  animals  or 
  enlisting  in  the  military  [syn:  {premium}] 
  2:  the  property  of  copious  abundance  [syn:  {amplitude},  {bountifulness}] 
  3:  generosity  evidenced  by  a  willingness  to  give  freely  [syn:  {bounteousness}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  BOUNTY,  n.  The  liberality  of  one  who  has  much  in  permitting  one  who 
  has  nothing  to  get  all  that  he  can. 
 
  A  single  swallow,  it  is  said  devours  ten  millions  of  insects 
  every  year.  The  supplying  of  these  insects  I  take  to  be  a  signal 
  instance  of  the  Creator's  bounty  in  providing  for  the  lives  of  His 
  creatures. 
  Henry  Ward  Beecher 
 
 




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