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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
First recorded in 1250-1300, kindness is from the Middle English word 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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  • It won't be much, but I should like to do it on account of his kindness about the boat.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • And she never so much as dreamt that he would cast an eye on her save in kindness.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • But do try to believe, at the same time, that my own selfishness has been a kindness to you.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • This object, through the kindness of friends, was accomplished.

  • He was resolved to let me see, that I should have nothing to expect from his kindness.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
British Dictionary definitions for kindness


the practice or quality of being kind
a kind, considerate, or helpful act
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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