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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n largesse liberality in bestowing gifts; extremely liberal and generous of spirit
    • n largesse a gift or money given (as for service or out of benevolence); usually given ostentatiously
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Largesse A present; a gift; a bounty bestowed. "The heralds finished their proclamation with their usual cry of “ Largesse largesse, gallant knights!” and gold and silver pieces were showered on them from the galleries."
    • Largesse Liberality; generosity; bounty. "Fulfilled of largesse and of all grace."
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Largesse a present or donation:
    • n Largesse (arch.) liberality
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. largesse, fr. large,. See Large (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. largitiolargīri, to give freely—largus.


In literature:

In all your magnificence to-night, Mr. Mayor, I have seen no such largess.
"Modern Eloquence: Vol III, After-Dinner Speeches P-Z" by Various
The heart demands an object upon which to lavish the largess of its affection.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
Largesse to citizens of Spoleto 190 38.
"The Letters of Cassiodorus" by Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
My good samaritan picked the poorest and the most wistful for his largesse of roses.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
To appear amongst the fair as a giver of largesse on a magnificent scale suited him down to the ground.
"Jack O' Judgment" by Edgar Wallace
He had enough patrimonial wealth to justify the Sovereign in showering largess upon him.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
There was a brilliant full moon, showering its largesse over the hills.
"The Cricket" by Marjorie Cooke
She put out her hand for the customary largess ere setting forward as their guide on the expedition.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
Not much art is required, I believe, to distribute largess of this kind.
"The Idler Magazine, Volume III., July 1893" by Various
A largesse of dew had been scattered through the hedgerows like loot from the treasure-chests of emperors.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
In vain had largesses been lavished upon the people, and propitiatory sacrifices offered to the gods.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 03" by Various
It shook her with such a longing for love, for all the unknown largesse of love, that she cried.
"The Branding Iron" by Katharine Newlin Burt
A stupid one will be unable to appreciate my largess.
"Fantazius Mallare" by Ben Hecht
She had a passion for the distribution of largesse.
"Once on a Time" by A. A. Milne
But hay had always seemed to him a free largess, like grass and water, and this looked like very good hay.
"Kings in Exile" by Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts
We have a largess for your valorous captains, You have not fought in vain.
"A Select Collection of Old English Plays" by Robert Dodsley
The year had brought her added largesse of beauty and winsomeness.
"A Romance in Transit" by Francis Lynde
The small, bullet-headed man had just paid his extravagant bill, distributed his largesse, and was about to depart.
"The Book of Susan" by Lee Wilson Dodd
Yet the rich also adopted it in distributing their private largess.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 8" by Various
They also keep in reserve some robes or hatchets to make presents (largesse) to the young men.
"Burial Mounds of the Northern Sections of the United States" by Cyrus Thomas

In poetry:

Once in thy secret close, now almost bare,
Peace yielded up her bountiful largess;
The dawn dropp'd sunshine thro' thy leafy dress;
The sunset bathed thy glade with beauty rare.
"Matthew Copse" by John William Streets
Be blessedness theirs, who like knights of renown
Thus scatter such largesse o'er country and town,
Their monument building in many a dome
Like healthful and beautiful Holiday Home.
"Holiday Home." by Hattie Howard
Later, the craftiest M.P.'s
Perceived that loans from overseas
Might help them hand out cakes and ale
Upon a most colossal scale;
And Parties with each other vied
To spread their largesse far and wide.
"The Genesis of Gloom [Australian Variety]" by C J Dennis
His task well done, his three rhymes writ,
Sym rose at morn, and packed his kit.
"At last!" he cried. "Off and away
To meet again the spendthrift Day,
As he comes climbing in the East,
To bless with largesse man and beast.
"The Debate" by C J Dennis
Ye gracious clouds! ye deep, cold wells!
Ye gems, from mossy rocks that drip!
Springs, that from Earth's mysterious cells
Gush o'er your granite basin's lip!
To you I look;—your largess give,
And I will drink of you, and live.
"Hymns and Odes for Temperance Occasions III" by John Pierpont
No more of springtime hopes, sweet and uncertain,
Here we have largess of summer in fee­
Pile high the logs till the flame be leaping,
At bay the chill of the autumn keeping,
While pilgrim-wise, we may go a-reaping
In the fairest meadow of memory!
"By an Autumn Fire" by Lucy Maud Montgomery

In news:

THE LARGESSE, " Keith Bradsher of The New York Times wrote about new payments to farmers, "will be far less than the impression created by the President.
How Does John Paulson's $100 Million Gift Stack Up Against Other Billionaires' Civic Largesse .
Largesse for Losers Translating the Left's rhetoric, and other random thoughts.
How We Tallied the Largesse .
Be careful when handing out holiday largesse .
The Largesse Of Samuel Kress.
On a gritty street in Galveston, Texas, a few blocks from the Gulf of Mexico, stands a prime example of the largesse of Republican Rep Ron Paul.
How Does John Paulson's $100 Million Gift Stack Up Against Other Billionaires' Civic Largesse.
ST PETER — It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in downtown St Peter, thanks to the $25,000 largesse of a secret Santa.
Other beneficiaries of the Meads ' largess include the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, which offers free daily concerts.
Mitterrand's budget also nearly doubled expenditures on the arts-a largesse unmatched in modern times-on the theory that a cultural awakening must accompany economic recovery if France was to realize the New Renaissance he envisioned.
Israel's largesse for the Palestinians.
Israel's largesse for the Palestinians .
The largesse didn't go to the coaches who will lead their teams on the sidelines next season.
The largesse of one man went a long way toward making local residents' Christmas a little brighter this year.

In science:

Loebner’s largesse be? The goal of furthering the scientific understanding of complex human behavior is no less laudable now than it was before the competition, but clearly, a direct assault on a valid test of intelligent behavior is out of the question for a long time; even the prize committee well appreciates that.
Lessons from a Restricted Turing Test