|Generous (Gen"er*ous) (?), a.
[F. généreux, fr. L. generous of noble birth, noble, excellent, magnanimous, fr. genus birth, race: cf. It. generoso. See 2d Gender.]
1. Of honorable birth or origin; highborn. [Obs.] "The generous and gravest citizens." Shak.
2. Exhibiting those qualities which are popularly reregarded as belonging to high birth; noble; honorable; magnanimous; spirited; courageous. "The generous critic." Pope. "His generous spouse." Pope. "A generous pack [of hounds]." Addison.
3. Open-handed; free to give; not close; munificent; as, a generous friend or father.
4. Characterized by generosity; abundant; overflowing; as, a generous table. Swift.
5. Full of spirit or strength; stimulating; exalting; as, generous wine.
Synonyms -- Magnanimous; bountiful. See Liberal.
Authors Encyclopedia | Encyclopedia of the Self
Classical Authors Index | Classical Authors Directory | Classical Authors Library
Emotional Literacy Education | The Old Man of the Holy Mountain | Classical Authors Forums
Visitor Agreement | Copyright c 1999 - 2001 Mark Zimmerman. All Rights Reserved.