the state or quality of being kind: kindness to animals.
a kind act; favor: his many kindnesses to me.
kind behavior: I will never forget your kindness.
friendly feeling; liking.

1250–1300; Middle English kindenes. See kind1, -ness

self-kindness, noun

1, 3. benignity, benevolence, humanity, generosity, charity, sympathy, compassion, tenderness. 2. good turn.

1. malevolence. 3. cruelty. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
kindness (ˈkaɪndnɪs)
1.  the practice or quality of being kind
2.  a kind, considerate, or helpful act

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Idioms & Phrases


see kill with kindness; milk of human kindness.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
She lived her life with character, kindness and generosity.
But the only thing these feral cats are in danger of is being killed by
If it were somehow necessary for people to depend on the kindness of strangers,
  they might find reasons to care about them.
Small acts of kindness made a big difference when adversity struck our bicycle
  group the other day.
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