Selfless vs Generous - What's the difference?

selfless | generous |


As adjectives the difference between selfless and generous

is that selfless is having, exhibiting or motivated by no concern for oneself but for others; unselfish while generous is (obsolete) of noble birth.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

selfless

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Having, exhibiting or motivated by no concern for oneself but for others; unselfish.
  • In a selfless act of gratitude for saving his mother's life, Peter committed to giving money to his local breast cancer charity each year for the rest of his life.

    Derived terms

    * selflessness

    generous

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • (obsolete) Of noble birth.
  • Noble in behaviour or actions; principled, not petty; kind, magnanimous.
  • Thank you for your generous words.
  • Willing to give and share unsparingly; showing a readiness to give more (especially money) than is expected or needed.
  • She's been extremely generous with her winnings.
  • Large, more than ample, copious.
  • Synonyms

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