[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. kindless,
  2. kindlessly,
  3. kindliness,
  4. kindling,
  5. kindly,
  6. kindred,
  7. kindred spirit,
  8. kindu,
  9. kindy,
  10. kine

Origin of kindness

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

Related formsself-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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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

Idioms and Phrases with kindness


see kill with kindness; milk of human kindness.

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