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Definition of Bounty

  BOUNTY   noun
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   creatures.

Henry Ward Beecher

Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911

Regular definition:
?baunt? n. (pl. -ies) 1 liberality; generosity. 2 a gift or reward, made usu. by the State, esp.: a a sum paid for a valiant act. b a sum paid to encourage a trading enterprise etc. c a sum paid to army or navy recruits on enlistment. °bounty-hunter a person who pursues a criminal or seeks an achievement for the sake of the reward. King's (or Queen's) bounty hist. a grant made to a mother of triplets. [ME f. OF bont¸ f. L bonitas -tatis f. bonus good]

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