Boun·ty, n.; pl. Bounties
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.”
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.
n 1: payment or reward (especially from a government) for acts
such as catching criminals or killing predatory animals
or enlisting in the military [syn: premium]
2: the property of copious abundance [syn: amplitude, bountifulness]
3: generosity evidenced by a willingness to give freely [syn: bounteousness]
4: a ship of the British navy; in 1789 part of the crew
mutineed against their commander William Bligh and set him
afloat in an open boat [syn: H.M.S. Bounty]