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[kahynd-hahr-tid] /ˈkaɪndˈhɑr tɪd/
having or showing sympathy or kindness:
a kindhearted woman.
Origin of kindhearted
1525-35; kind1 + hearted
Related forms
kindheartedly, adverb
kindheartedness, noun
unkindhearted, adjective
See kind1 . Unabridged
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  • I have a Burma cheroot from a very precious supply of a kind-hearted subaltern here from Burma.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite Edward O. Mousley
  • They were kind-hearted and rarely did anything that was cruel.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • There kind-hearted people of Charles Town took care of the frightened passengers.

  • And the child was a kind-hearted boy of whom every one was fond.

  • Bless her little heart for making excuses for a poor fellow; but she was always a charitable, kind-hearted young lady.

  • He is a kind-hearted man; but debt is a sin; it is not likely we shall see him again.

    Things as They Are Amy Wilson-Carmichael
  • And with all his peculiarities and humors, wasn't he as kind-hearted a man as needs be?

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • She's kind-hearted and that makes her put up with Rachel's silliness.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • With those words the kind-hearted gentleman nodded and went out.

    After Dark Wilkie Collins
British Dictionary definitions for kind-hearted


characterized by kindness; sympathetic
Derived Forms
kind-heartedly, adverb
kind-heartedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for kind-hearted

also kindhearted, 1530s; see kind (adj.) + hearted. Related: Kindheartedly, kindheartedness.

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