goodness

[ good-nis ]
/ ˈgʊd nɪs /

noun

interjection

(used in expressions of surprise, alarm, etc.): Goodness, you gave me a start! Goodness gracious!

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Origin of goodness

First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English gōdnes. See good, -ness

synonym study for goodness

2. 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.

OTHER WORDS FROM goodness

su·per·good·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for goodness

goodness
/ (ˈɡʊdnɪs) /

noun

the state or quality of being good
generosity; kindness
moral excellence; piety; virtue

interjection

a euphemism for God goodness knows!; thank goodness!
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Idioms and Phrases with goodness

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