Would you tell me what the difference between "liberal" and "generous"?
i.e. a liberal / generous donor
My dictionary uses generous to define liberal.
Entry 5 for liberal.
Tending to give freely; generous:
a liberal benefactor.
Please name the dictionary you are quoting from.
I agree with Mike for the reason he gave. The words 'entry 5' are significant.
I have not looked at all the dictionaries listed here, but the first few at least put the political meaning first, so anybody looking up 'a liberal donor' could get the impression that the donor was supporting the defined political cause.
Generous means liberal far more often than liberal means generous.
Last edited by Rover_KE; 24-Aug-2014 at 12:24. Reason: Changing 'for' to 'far'.
The American Heritage dictionary for Learners of English
This is the dictionary I used.