[ kahynd-nis ]
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  1. the state or quality of being kind: kindness to animals.

  2. a kind act; favor: his many kindnesses to me.

  1. kind behavior: I will never forget your kindness.

  2. friendly feeling; liking.

Origin of kindness

First recorded in 1250–1300, kindness is from the Middle English word kindenes.See kind1, -ness

Other words for kindness

Opposites for kindness

Other words from kindness

  • self-kindness, noun

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How to use kindness in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for kindness


/ (ˈkaɪndnɪs) /

  1. the practice or quality of being kind

  2. a kind, considerate, or helpful act

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Other Idioms and Phrases with kindness


see kill with kindness; milk of human kindness.

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