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a premium or reward, especially one offered by a government:
There was a bounty on his head. Some states offer a bounty for dead coyotes.
a generous gift.
generosity in giving.
Contemporary Examples

The Cost of Somali Piracy in 2011 February 12, 2012
The Strange Case of the Christian Zionist Terrorist Creede Newton December 13, 2014
The NFL’s Hypocritical Outrage Against Bonuses for Injuring Players Buzz Bissinger March 4, 2012
All Hail the French Meal Amelia Smith December 5, 2010
How to Hide a Famine with Ping-Pong Nicholas Griffin January 8, 2014

Historical Examples

Manual of Ship Subsidies Edwin M. Bacon
The Conquest of Fear Basil King
A Man’s Value to Society Newell Dwight Hillis
The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
Steep Trails John Muir

noun (pl) -ties
generosity in giving to others; liberality
a generous gift; something freely provided
a payment made by a government, as, formerly, to a sailor on enlisting or to a soldier after a campaign
any reward or premium: a bounty of 20p for every rat killed
a British naval ship commanded by Captain William Bligh, which was on a scientific voyage in 1789 between Tahiti and the West Indies when her crew mutinied

I do … promise, that there shall be paid … the following several and respective premiums and Bounties for the prisoners and Scalps of the Enemy Indians that shall be taken or killed …. [“Papers of the Governor of Pennsylvania,” 1764]


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