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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.
  3. kind behavior: I will never forget your kindness.
  4. friendly feeling; liking.
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Origin of kindness

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


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1, 3. benignity, benevolence, humanity, generosity, charity, sympathy, compassion, tenderness. 2. good turn.


1. malevolence. 3. cruelty.
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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

  • But do try to believe, at the same time, that my own selfishness has been a kindness to you.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • 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

  • 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


  1. the practice or quality of being kind
  2. a kind, considerate, or helpful act
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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."

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with kindness


see kill with kindness; milk of human kindness.

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