Even people from the “nicest” parts of the country try to downplay that “niceness.”
Each new group gets a subterranean ovation for being a part of this wonderful thing, for being a part of this New York niceness.
But niceness is only one answer, and it only works for young men who are willing and able to change.
His body has an even grace, his face a restless eagerness, and a gentleness, not to be confused with ‘niceness,’ is his manner.
No amount of American niceness and understanding will change that.
Their bond was hardly more than a mutual decency of nature, niceness of sentiment, clearness of eye.
If not what her niceness makes her think blameworthy, why does she blame herself?
The machine was not a wild animal in their hands, but an instrument that responded with niceness to their guidance.
Safety is more to be respected than show or niceness for ease.
With a strange indifference, which, whosoever dives not into the niceness of his sorrow might mistake for obdurate and insensate.
late 13c., "foolish, stupid, senseless," from Old French nice (12c.) "careless, clumsy; weak; poor, needy; simple, stupid, silly, foolish," from Latin nescius "ignorant, unaware," literally "not-knowing," from ne- "not" (see un-) + stem of scire "to know" (see science). "The sense development has been extraordinary, even for an adj." [Weekley] -- from "timid" (pre-1300); to "fussy, fastidious" (late 14c.); to "dainty, delicate" (c.1400); to "precise, careful" (1500s, preserved in such terms as a nice distinction and nice and early); to "agreeable, delightful" (1769); to "kind, thoughtful" (1830).
"In many examples from the 16th and 17th centuries it is difficult to say in what particular sense the writer intended it to be taken." [OED]By 1926, it was pronounced "too great a favorite with the ladies, who have charmed out of it all its individuality and converted it into a mere diffuser of vague and mild agreeableness." [Fowler]
"I am sure," cried Catherine, "I did not mean to say anything wrong; but it is a nice book, and why should I not call it so?"
"Very true," said Henry, "and this is a very nice day, and we are taking a very nice walk; and you are two very nice young ladies. Oh! It is a very nice word indeed! It does for everything." [Jane Austen, "Northanger Abbey," 1803]