[ 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-kind·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for kindness


/ (ˈkaɪndnɪs) /


the practice or quality of being kind
a kind, considerate, or helpful act
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Idioms and Phrases with kindness


see kill with kindness; milk of human kindness.

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