Definition of goodness
1 : the quality or state of being good
2 —used interjectionally or in phrases especially to express mild surprise or shock oh, my goodness ! goodness knows
3 : the nutritious, flavorful, or beneficial part of something
Examples of goodness in a Sentence
Even if you don't agree, at least have the goodness to be polite!
a person of such unaffected goodness that his friends were inspired to lead better lives
Recent Examples of goodness from the Web
Crisp, crunchy goodness meets creamy avocado and buttermilk dressing in this healthy West Coast classic.
Happy Meals and endless all that fried goodness aside, these are just some of the struggles a fast food worker deals with on every shift.
In addition to a gorgeous exchange between oboe and English horn, the movement boasted honest-to-goodness cohesion.
By Act II, the forces of darkness and goodness seem to have reversed.
Using as his material the basic goodness and generosity of spirit in regular people, Carroll tells a different story of America.
My goodness, Billups has known Gilbert since the early 2000s.
The Daily Mail reports that Lolita's father, Armenian energy tycoon Eldar Osmanova, spent over $10 million dollars on the wedding, including $500,000 on flowers, and goodness knows how much to fly in Lady Gaga to perform.
The honest-to-goodness story is: did Gary have lunch with Bayo [Adebayo Ogunlesi], Goldman’s lead director, once or twice?
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First Known Use of goodness
before 12th century
GOODNESS Defined for Kids
Definition of goodness for Students
1 : the quality or state of being good Vegetables have natural goodness.
2 : excellence of morals and behavior My grandparents Hiddle were … full up to the tops of their heads with goodness and sweetness … — Sharon Creech, Walk Two Moons
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