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also lar·gesse  (lär-zhĕs′, -jĕs′, lär′jĕs′)
a. Liberality in bestowing gifts, especially in a lofty or condescending manner.
b. Money or gifts bestowed.
2. Generosity of spirit or attitude.

[Middle English largesse, from Old French, from large, generous, from Latin largus.]


or lar•gesse

(lɑrˈdʒɛs, ˈlɑr dʒɪs)

1. generous bestowal of gifts.
2. the gift or gifts, as of money, so bestowed.
3. Obs. generosity; liberality.
[1175–1225; Middle English largesse < Old French; see large, -ice]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.largess - a gift or money given (as for service or out of benevolence); usually given ostentatiously
gift - something acquired without compensation
2.largess - liberality in bestowing giftslargess - liberality in bestowing gifts; extremely liberal and generous of spirit
liberality, liberalness - the trait of being generous in behavior and temperament


also largesse
A material favor or gift, usually money, given in return for service:
References in classic literature ?
Martin dispensed royal largess, inviting everybody up, farm-hands, a stableman, and the gardener's assistant from the hotel, the barkeeper, and the furtive hobo who slid in like a shadow and like a shadow hovered at the end of the bar.
But what with wrestling bouts and bouts with quarter-staves, and wandering minstrels, there came up so many other things to talk about, that the reward was forgotten for the nonce, and only the Foresters and Sheriff's men watched the gates with diligence, the Sheriff indeed spurring them to effort by offers of largess.
There was no slavery about it; and though he, a strong man beyond strength's seeming, gave far more than he received, he gave not something due but in royal largess, his gifts of toil or heroic effort falling generously from his hands.
He was a gay, mad young dog, grandly careless of his largess, fearless as a lion's whelp, lithe and beautiful as a leopard, and mad, a trifle mad of the deviltries and whimsies that tickled in that fine brain of his.
Largess, in the form of odds and ends of cold cream and pomatum, and also of hairpins, was freely distributed among the attendants.
He distributed the documents at random with the air of a preoccupied monarch scattering largess to the mob, and the subsequent chaos had to be handled by a wrathful head of the department in person.
Summary: UNRWA may be able to start the coming school year sooner than it had previously expected, thanks most of all to Saudi largess, Palestinian sources told The Daily Star.
I can only wish for you a benefactor whose largess would enable you to produce issues more frequently.
Take the word of his staff that the wealthy governor won't be swayed by the largess of the fiesta funders.
Largess told the Globe when he realized the trees were part of a old-growth forest, he just couldn't cut them down.
Divested": The mist, / a perfume of absence, / walks through the day's largess.
From New Orleans, LA, to Houston, TX, Steve has made lots of new friends through this largess.