- (used in expressions of surprise, alarm, etc.): Goodness, you gave me a start! Goodness gracious!
Origin of goodness
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2. integrity, honesty, uprightness, probity. Goodness, morality, virtue refer to qualities of character or conduct that entitle the possessor to approval and esteem. Goodness is the simple word for the general quality recognized in character or conduct: Many could tell of her goodness and kindness. Morality implies conformity to the recognized standards of right conduct: a citizen of the highest morality. Virtue is a rather formal word, and suggests usually goodness that is consciously or steadily maintained, often in spite of temptations or evil influences: of unassailable virtue; firm and of unwavering virtue. 3. benevolence, benignity, humanity. 4. worth, value.
1. badness, evil.
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Examples from the Web for goodness
But my goodness, even the air around Oxford University is studious.Biking With the Bard
December 28, 2014
That goodness steered him clear of the Sex Boys, the Crazy Homicides, the Sons of Nuns, and the other gangs of East New York.In The Shadow of Murdered Cops
December 26, 2014
In a country with a constitution that values secularism, religion is still the prime indicator of morality and goodness.The Good Wife’s Religion Politics: Voters Have No Faith in Alicia's Atheism
November 24, 2014
Our goodness was defined, in part, by our willingness to confront evil abroad backed by military force.How Obama's Shallow Worldview Failed Us
August 29, 2014
Goodness knows I paid my share into the office “cursing jar” when I worked for her.A Letter of Thanks to Michelle Rhee
August 16, 2014
I am bound for my quarters, I came but to thank you for your goodness to me, and to bid you farewell.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
He only desires that you will have the goodness to let him alone.
"I wish to goodness I could marry them both," said Viviette.Viviette
William J. Locke
It is natural to goodness and innocence, but not the less is the error a disastrous one.Weighed and Wanting
But when he speaks "truth" of Caesar he has to admit Caesar's goodness.The Man Shakespeare
- the state or quality of being good
- generosity; kindness
- moral excellence; piety; virtue
- a euphemism for God goodness knows!; thank goodness!
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Word Origin and History for goodness
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Idioms and Phrases with goodness
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