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largesse Syllabification: lar·gesse
Pronunciation: /lärˈjes/
(also largess)

Definition of largesse in English:


1Generosity in bestowing money or gifts upon others: dispensing his money with such largesse
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  • He was quite happy, in fact, to rely upon US training and largesse less than twenty years ago.
  • Thus, it turns out that the declaration of ‘independence’ is dependent upon largesse from the oil conglomerates.
  • This incredible Federal Reserve largesse did not go unnoticed by the leveraged speculating community.
1.1Money or gifts given generously: the distribution of largesse to the local population
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  • Unfortunately, he said, this government was more interested in distribution of largesse on the basis of patronage.
  • In retrospect, Australia's flourishing multiculturalism was built on a fragile base: a booming economy with a wide distribution of its largesse.
  • You liked new engines, but management was scrupulous in its distribution of such largesse and your share was minute.
patronage, sponsorship, backing, help;


Middle English: from Old French, from Latin largus 'copious'.

Words that rhyme with largesse

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