V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. willingness to give money, usually in an ostentatious manner; 2. a substantial gift

Synonyms: generosity, gift, donation, bestowal, reward, endowment, contribution

Antonyms: selfishness, frugality, churlishness

Tips: Largess refers to a liberality in giving. People who give money in largess often do so with an air of superiority, as if to show how great they are because they are able to give large sums of money. When thinking of largess, think "large gift." Largess is a more sophisticated way of saying generosity, but it's often used more specifically to describe ostentatious generosity meant to show off the donor's wealth.

Usage Examples:

They could not have put on the benefit without the largess of big-business donors. (generosity)

The millionaire's largess will benefit the charity greatly. (gift, donation)

Her largess to the museum made her feel generous and powerful. (endowment, contribution)

The wealthy socialite knew she would always be invited to the most exclusive charity balls because of her largess. (generosity)

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