[syn: Bounty, H.M.S. Bounty]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Bounty \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
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
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: bounty, premium]
2: the property of copious abundance [syn: amplitude,
3: generosity evidenced by a willingness to give freely [syn:
4: a ship of the British navy; in 1789 part of the crew mutinied
against their commander William Bligh and set him afloat in
an open boat [syn: Bounty, H.M.S. Bounty]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
101 Moby Thesaurus words for "bounty":
Trinkgeld, aid, alimony, allotment, allowance, annuity, assistance,
award, beneficence, bigheartedness, bonus, bonus system,
bounteousness, bountifulness, bribe, charitableness, charity,
consideration, depletion allowance, dole, donative, double time,
easy purse strings, endowment, fee, fellowship,
financial assistance, free hand, freedom, freehandedness,
freeheartedness, freeness, fringe benefit, generosity,
generousness, gift, givingness, goodness, graciousness, grant,
grant-in-aid, gratuity, gravy, grease, great heart,
greatheartedness, guaranteed annual income, help, honorarium,
hospitality, incentive pay, inducement, lagniappe,
largeheartedness, largeness, largess, largesse, liberality,
liberalness, magnanimity, munificence, old-age insurance,
open hand, open heart, openhandedness, openheartedness,
overtime pay, palm oil, pecuniary aid, pension, perks, perquisite,
perquisites, philanthropy, pourboire, premium, present,
price support, public assistance, public welfare, relief,
retirement benefits, reward, salve, scholarship, solatium,
something extra, sportula, stipend, subsidization, subsidy,
subvention, support, sweetener, tax benefit, tip, unselfishness,
welcome, welfare, welfare aid, welfare payments
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
BOUNTY. A sum of money or other thing, given, generally by' the government,
to certain persons, for some service they have done or are about to do to
the public. As bounty upon the culture of silk; the bounty given to an
enlisted soldier; and the like. It differs from a reward, which is
generally applied to particular cases; and from a payment, as there is no
contract on the part of the receiver of the bounty.
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
BOUNTY, n. The liberality of one who has much, in permitting one who
has nothing to get all that he can.
A single swallow, it is said, devours ten millions of insects
every year. The supplying of these insects I take to be a signal
instance of the Creator's bounty in providing for the lives of His
Henry Ward Beecher