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kindness

[kahynd-nis] /ˈkaɪnd nɪs/
noun
1.
the state or quality of being kind:
kindness to animals.
2.
a kind act; favor:
his many kindnesses to me.
3.
kind behavior:
I will never forget your kindness.
4.
friendly feeling; liking.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English kindenes. See kind1, -ness
Related forms
self-kindness, noun
Synonyms
1, 3. benignity, benevolence, humanity, generosity, charity, sympathy, compassion, tenderness. 2. good turn.
Antonyms
1. malevolence. 3. cruelty.
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British Dictionary definitions for kindnesses

kindness

/ˈkaɪndnɪs/
noun
1.
the practice or quality of being kind
2.
a kind, considerate, or helpful act
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Word Origin and History for kindnesses

kindness

n.

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."

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