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Meaning of BOUNTY

Pronunciation:  'bawntee

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

BOUNTY is a 6 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: amplitude, bounteousness, bountifulness, premium
 See Also: abundance, copiousness, generosity, generousness, reward, teemingness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

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.

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