Generosity vs Unselfishness - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between generosity and unselfishness

is that generosity is (uncountable) the trait of being willing to donate money and/or time while unselfishness is the state of being unselfish.

generosity

English

Noun

  • (uncountable) The trait of being willing to donate money and/or time.
  • * 1963 : Erik H. Erikson, Childhood and Society
  • We have mentioned generosity as an outstanding virtue required in Sioux life.
  • (uncountable) Acting generously.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-14, author=(Jonathan Freedland)
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  • (uncountable) The trait of being abundant, more than adequate.
  • (literally, uncountable) Good breeding; nobility of stock.
  • (countable) A generous act.
  • * 1873 : Reverend M. C. Tyler, Proceedings at the Laying of the Corner Stone of the Sage College of the Cornell University
  • May the generosities of the founders of these halls, be rewarded by the fair and holy characters which shall be here formed.

    Synonyms

    * liberality * nobility

    Antonyms

    * stinginess

    unselfishness

    English

    Noun

    (-)
  • The state of being unselfish.