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 for generous
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Generous \Gen"er*ous\, a. [F. g['e]n['e]reux, fr. L. generous of
     noble birth, noble, excellent, magnanimous, fr. genus birth,
     race: cf. It. generoso. See 2d Gender.]
     [1913 Webster]
     1. Of honorable birth or origin; highborn. [Obs.]
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              The generous and gravest citizens.    --Shak.
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     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.
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     3. Open-handed; free to give; not close or niggardly;
        munificent; as, a generous friend or father.
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     4. Characterized by generosity; abundant; overflowing; as, a
        generous table. --Swift.
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     5. Full of spirit or strength; stimulating; exalting; as,
        generous wine.
  
     Syn: Magnanimous; bountiful. See Liberal. --
          Gen"er*ous*ly, adv. -- Gen"er*ous*ness, n.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  generous
      adj 1: willing to give and share unstintingly; "a generous
             donation" [ant: stingy, ungenerous]
      2: not petty in character and mind; "unusually generous in his
         judgment of people" [ant: meanspirited, ungenerous]
      3: more than adequate; "a generous portion"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  183 Moby Thesaurus words for "generous":
     abounding, abundant, accommodating, affable, affluent, agreeable,
     all-sufficing, almsgiving, altruistic, amiable, ample, aplenty,
     beneficent, benevolent, benign, benignant, big, bighearted,
     blooming, bottomless, bounteous, bountiful, broad, bursting,
     bursting out, capacious, charitable, chivalrous, complaisant,
     compliant, comprehensive, conciliatory, considerate, copious,
     cordial, countless, creative, decent, diffuse, disinterested,
     effuse, eleemosynary, elevated, epidemic, exalted, exhaustless,
     expansive, extensive, extravagant, exuberant, fair, fat, fecund,
     fertile, flourishing, flush, forbearant, forbearing, forgiving,
     free, freehanded, freehearted, friendly, fructiferous, fruitful,
     full, galore, genial, giving, good, gracious, great,
     great of heart, greathearted, handsome, hearty, helpful, heroic,
     high, high-minded, honest, hospitable, humane, humanitarian,
     idealistic, in plenty, in quantity, indulgent, inexhaustible, kind,
     kindhearted, kindly, knightly, large, largehearted, lavish,
     lenient, liberal, lofty, long-suffering, longanimous, lush,
     luxuriant, magnanimous, many, maximal, much, multitudinous,
     munificent, neighborly, noble, noble-minded, numerous, obliging,
     open, open-handed, openhanded, openhearted, opulent, overflowing,
     overindulgent, overpermissive, patient, permissive, philanthropic,
     placable, plenitudinous, plenteous, plentiful, plenty, pregnant,
     prevailing, prevalent, princely, prodigal, productive, profuse,
     profusive, proliferous, prolific, rampant, receptive, replete,
     rich, rife, riotous, running over, seminal, spacious, sparing,
     stintless, sublime, superabundant, swarming, teeming, thoughtful,
     thriving, tolerant, tolerating, uberous, ungrudging, unprejudiced,
     unresentful, unrevengeful, unselfish, unsparing, unstinted,
     unstinting, voluminous, warm, warmhearted, wealthy, welcoming,
     welfare, welfare statist, welfarist, well-found, well-furnished,
     well-provided, well-stocked, wholesale, wide, willing
  
  

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  GENEROUS, adj.  Originally this word meant noble by birth and was
  rightly applied to a great multitude of persons.  It now means noble
  by nature and is taking a bit of a rest.
  

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