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[kahynd-nis] /ˈkaɪnd nɪs/
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.
Origin of kindness
1250-1300; Middle English kindenes. See kind1, -ness
Related forms
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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Examples from the web for kindness
  • She lived her life with character, kindness and generosity.
  • But the only thing these feral cats are in danger of is being killed by kindness.
  • 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.
  • We have to depend on the kindness of veritable strangers.
  • Both were directed at crushing the ultimate qualities of kindness and individuality.
  • Unilateral forgiveness is an act of kindness to one's self.
  • Thank you for your clarity of vision and the demonstration of your kindness.
  • Social networking tends to create self-reinforcing spirals of reciprocal kindness.
  • Your legacy of loving kindness and caring will be with us always.
British Dictionary definitions for kindness


the practice or quality of being kind
a kind, considerate, or helpful act
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Word Origin and History for kindness

c.1300, "courtesy, noble deeds," from kind (adj.) + -ness. Meaning "kind deeds; kind feelings" is from late 14c. Old English kyndnes meant "nation; produce, an increase."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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