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  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.

-- Gen"er*ous*ly, adv. -- Gen"er*ous*ness, n.

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