, n.;
pl. Bounties ().
[OE. bounte goodness, kindness, F. bont, fr. L. bonitas, fr. bonus good, for older duonus; cf. Skr. duvas honor, respect.]
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1. Goodness, kindness; virtue; worth. [Obs.]
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Nature set in her at once beauty with bounty.
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2. Liberality in bestowing gifts or favors; gracious or liberal giving; generosity; munificence.
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My bounty is as boundless as the sea.
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3. That which is given generously or liberally. "Thy morning bounties." Cowper.
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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.
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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.
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Syn. -- Munificence; generosity; beneficence.
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