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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Generous  \Gen"er*ous\,  a.  [F.  g['e]n['e]reux,  fr  L.  generous  of 
  noble  birth,  noble,  excellent,  magnanimous,  fr  genus  birth, 
  race:  cf  It  generoso  See  2d  {Gender}.] 
  1.  Of  honorable  birth  or  origin;  highborn.  [Obs.] 
 
  The  generous  and  gravest  citizens.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  Exhibiting  those  qualities  which  are  popularly  reregarded 
  as  belonging  to  high  birth;  noble;  honorable;  magnanimous; 
  spirited;  courageous.  ``The  generous  critic.''  --Pope. 
  ``His  generous  spouse.''  --Pope.  ``A  generous  pack  [of 
  hounds].''  --Addison. 
 
  3.  Open-handed;  free  to  give  not  close  or  niggardly; 
  munificent;  as  a  generous  friend  or  father. 
 
  4.  Characterized  by  generosity;  abundant;  overflowing;  as  a 
  generous  table.  --Swift. 
 
  5.  Full  of  spirit  or  strength;  stimulating;  exalting;  as 
  generous  wine. 
 
  Syn:  Magnanimous;  bountiful.  See  {Liberal}.  -- 
  {Gen"er*ous*ly},  adv  --  {Gen"er*ous*ness},  n. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  generous 
  adj  1:  willing  to  give  and  share  unstintingly;  "a  generous 
  donation"  [ant:  {stingy}] 
  2:  not  petty  in  character  and  mind;  "unusually  generous  in  his 
  judgment  of  people"  [ant:  {ungenerous}] 
  3:  more  than  adequate;  "a  generous  portion" 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  GENEROUS,  adj  Originally  this  word  meant  noble  by  birth  and  was 
  rightly  applied  to  a  great  multitude  of  persons.  It  now  means  noble 
  by  nature  and  is  taking  a  bit  of  a  rest. 
 
 




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