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He looked absently at the sandwich, and bit a generous semicircle into it.

The offer was thankfully accepted, and the generous merchant was as good as his word.

But he was a generous man and all meanness of spirit was foreign to his soul.

She made no complaint of him, and even spoke of him as generous.

They take not, I own, the right method with so generous a spirit.

He was resolved to treat this subject upon large and generous principles.

A new respect for him, also a new pity that was generous and not contemptuous, crept into his heart.

He engaged me by the six months, and my entertainment was generous.

With this new evidence of his generous virtue, the frown passed from his brows.

The generous "twinge of pain," to which she confesses, was intelligible.

WORD ORIGIN

1580s, "of noble birth," from Middle French généreux, from Latin generosus "of noble birth," figuratively "magnanimous, generous," from genus (genitive generis) "race, stock" (see genus). Secondary senses of "unselfish" (1690s) and "plentiful" (1610s) were present in French and in Latin. Related: Generously; generousness.

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