bounteous

  • 1 Bounteous — Boun te*ous, a. [OE. bountevous, fr. bounte bounty.] Liberal in charity; disposed to give freely; generously liberal; munificent; beneficent; free in bestowing gifts; as, bounteous production. [1913 Webster] But O, thou bounteous Giver of all… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 bounteous — index benevolent, charitable (benevolent), humane, liberal (generous), philanthropic, profuse …

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  • 3 bounteous — late 14c., from BOUNTY (Cf. bounty) + OUS (Cf. ous); originally full of goodness, but always shading toward generous in bestowing, a sense which might have been left to BOUNTIFUL (Cf. bountiful). Related: Bounteously; bounteousness …

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  • 4 bounteous — ► ADJECTIVE archaic ▪ bountiful. DERIVATIVES bounteously adverb bounteousness noun. ORIGIN from Old French bontif benevolent , from bonte «bounty, goodness» …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 bounteous — [boun′tē əs] adj. [ME bountevous < OFr bontive: see BOUNTY; modern sp. as if < BOUNTY] 1. giving freely and generously, without restraint 2. provided in abundance; plentiful bounteously adv. bounteousness n …

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  • 6 bounteous — bountiful, bounteous generous, openhanded, munificent, *liberal, handsome Analogous words: *charitable, philanthropic, benevolent: prodigal, lavish (see PROFUSE) Antonyms: niggardly Contrasted words: *stingy, parsimonious, penurious, close,… …

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  • 7 bounteous — adj. poet. 1 generous, liberal. 2 freely given (bounteous affection). Derivatives: bounteously adv. bounteousness n. Etymology: ME f. OF bontif f. bonteacute BOUNTY after plenteous …

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  • 8 bounteous — adjective Etymology: Middle English bountevous, bounteuous, from Anglo French bontive kind, from bunté Date: 14th century 1. giving or disposed to give freely 2. liberally bestowed • bounteously adverb • bounteousness noun …

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  • 9 bounteous — bounteously, adv. bounteousness, n. /bown tee euhs/, adj. 1. giving or disposed to give freely; generous; liberal. 2. freely bestowed; plentiful; abundant. [1325 75; late ME (bounte BOUNTY + ous); r. ME bountevous < MF bontive (bonte BOUNTY + ive …

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  • 10 bounteous — adjective a) inclined to be generous b) liberal or abundant …

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  • 11 bounteous — I (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) see bountiful II (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Characterized by abundance: abundant, ample, bountiful, copious, generous, heavy, plenitudinous, plenteous, plentiful, substantial, voluminous. See BIG, GIVE, RICH …

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  • 12 bounteous — boun|te|ous [ˈbauntiəs] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: bontif kind , from bonté; BOUNTY] very generous …

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  • 13 bounteous — boun|te|ous [ bauntiəs ] adjective LITERARY very generous …

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  • 14 bounteous — boun·te·ous || baÊŠntɪəs adj. plentiful; generous …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 15 bounteous — adjective archaic bountiful. Derivatives bounteously adverb bounteousness noun Origin ME: from OFr. bontif, ive benevolent (from bonte bounty ), on the pattern of plenteous …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 16 bounteous — a. Liberal. See bountiful …

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  • 17 bounteous — adjective literary very generous …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 bounteous — boun·te·ous …

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  • 19 bounteous — UK [ˈbaʊntɪəs] / US adjective literary very generous …

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  • 20 bounteous — boun•te•ous [[t]ˈbaʊn ti əs[/t]] adj. 1) giving or disposed to give freely; generous; liberal 2) freely bestowed; plentiful; abundant • Etymology: 1325–75; ME bountevous < MF bontive (bonte bounty+ ive, fem. of if ive) + ous boun′te•ous•ly,… …

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