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1 [kahynd]
adjective, kinder, kindest.
of a good or benevolent nature or disposition, as a person: a kind and loving person.
having, showing, or proceeding from benevolence: kind words.
indulgent, considerate, or helpful; humane (often followed by to ): to be kind to animals.
mild; gentle; clement: kind weather.
British Dialect. loving; affectionate.

before 900; Middle English kind(e) natural, well-disposed, Old English gecynde natural, genial1. See kind2

1. mild, benign, benignant, gentle, tender, compassionate. Kind, gracious, kindhearted, kindly imply a sympathetic attitude toward others, and a willingness to do good or give pleasure. Kind implies a deep-seated characteristic shown either habitually or on occasion by considerate behavior: a kind father. Gracious often refers to kindness from a superior or older person to a subordinate, an inferior, a child, etc.: a gracious monarch. Kindhearted implies an emotionally sympathetic nature, sometimes easily imposed upon: a kindhearted old woman. Kindly a mild word, refers usually to general disposition, appearance, manner, etc.: a kindly face.

1. cruel. Unabridged
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kind1 (kaɪnd)
1.  having a friendly or generous nature or attitude
2.  helpful to others or to another: a kind deed
3.  considerate or humane
4.  cordial; courteous (esp in the phrase kind regards)
5.  pleasant; agreeable; mild: a kind climate
6.  informal beneficial or not harmful: a detergent that is kind to the hands
7.  archaic loving
[Old English gecynde natural, native; see kind²]

kind2 (kaɪnd)
1.  a class or group having characteristics in common; sort; type: two of a kind; what kind of creature?
2.  an instance or example of a class or group, esp a rudimentary one: heating of a kind
3.  essential nature or character: the difference is one of kind rather than degree
4.  archaic gender or sex
5.  archaic nature; the natural order
6.  in kind
 a.  (of payment) in goods or produce rather than in money
 b.  with something of the same sort: to return an insult in kind
7.  informal kind of
 a.  (adverb) somewhat; rather: kind of tired
 b.  (sentence substitute) used to express reservation or qualified assent: I figured it out. Kind of
usage  The mixture of plural and singular constructions, although often used informally with kind and sort, should be avoided in serious writing: children enjoy those kinds (not those kind) of stories; these sorts (not these sort) of distinctions are becoming blurred

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Word Origin & History

"class, sort, variety," from O.E. gecynd "kind, nature, race," related to cynn "family" (see kin), from P.Gmc. *gakundiz (see kind (adj.)). Ælfric's rendition of "the Book of Genesis" into O.E. came out gecyndboc. The prefix disappeared 1150-1250. No exact cognates beyond
English, but it corresponds to adj. endings such as Goth -kunds, O.H.G. -kund. Also as a suffix (mankind, etc.). Other earlier, now obsolete, senses in English included "character, quality derived from birth" and "manner or way natural or proper to anyone." Use in phrase a kind of (1590s) led to colloquial extension as adv. (1804) in phrases such as kind of stupid ("a kind of stupid (person)").

"friendly," from O.E. gecynde "natural, native, innate," originally "with the feeling of relatives for each other," from P.Gmc. *gakundiz, from *kunjan (see kin), with collective prefix *ga- and abstract suffix *-iz. Sense development from "with natural feelings," to "well-disposed"
(c.1300), "benign, compassionate" (c.1300). Kindly (adj.) is O.E. gecyndelic. Kind-hearted is from 1530s; kindness is from late 13c.
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