Definitions for: Bounty


[n] generosity evidenced by a willingness to give freely
[n] the property of copious abundance
[n] payment or reward (esp from a government) for acts such as catching criminals or killing predatory animals or enlisting in the military



Webster (1913) Definition: Boun"ty, n.; pl. Bounties. [OE. bounte goodness,
kindness, F. bont['e], fr. L. bonitas, fr. bonus good, for
older duonus; cf. Skr. duvas honor, respect.]
1. Goodness, kindness; virtue; worth. [Obs.]

Nature set in her at once beauty with bounty.
--Gower.

2. Liberality in bestowing gifts or favors; gracious or
liberal giving; generosity; munificence.

My bounty is as boundless as the sea. --Shak.

3. That which is given generously or liberally. ``Thy morning
bounties.'' --Cowper.

4. A premium offered or given to induce men to enlist into
the public service; or to encourage any branch of
industry, as husbandry or manufactures.

Bounty jumper, one who, during the latter part of the Civil
War, enlisted in the United States service, and deserted
as soon as possible after receiving the bounty. [Collog.]


Queen Anne's bounty (Eng. Hist.), a provision made in Queen
Anne's reign for augmenting poor clerical livings.

Syn: Munificence; generosity; beneficence.

Synonyms: amplitude, bounteousness, bountifulness, premium

See Also: abundance, copiousness, generosity, generousness, reward, teemingness

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