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kindliness

[kahynd-lee-nis] /ˈkaɪnd li nɪs/
noun
1.
the state or quality of being kindly; benevolence.
2.
a kindly deed.
Origin of kindliness
late Middle English
1400-1450
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at kindly, -ness
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  • The kindliness of her heart and her desire for the seemly joys of life were unweakened.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • His large voice was modulated to kindliness as he spoke in a casual manner.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • I too wanted to return and thank the public for its attention, its kindliness, and its emotion.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Which is true tact and kindliness, and worthy of high praise.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • This was no soil for kindliness and affection to blossom in.

    White Fang Jack London
  • The pleasantness, the kindliness, the apparent desire for Tony's society were a cheat.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • When he returned to lunch, however, he was struck by Lisa's kindliness.

  • The kindliness which Claire showed to Florent was but a slight consolation to him.

  • The kindliness of the poor to the poor makes a man sick of himself.

    The Stark Munro Letters J. Stark Munro

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