good·​ness | \ ˈgu̇d-nəs How to pronounce goodness (audio) \

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 on the Web But that cycle of goodness is now threatened due a lack of spectrum. Hal Singer, Forbes, 5 May 2022 In this case, Jimmy's got a lot of goodness hidden inside him, compartmentalized. Dan Snierson,, 7 Apr. 2022 With Saje's Pocket Farmacy essential oils kit, your mom can harness all the wellness-boosting goodness of aromatherapy on the go. Noma Nazish, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 All this goodness is free of phthalates, silicones, parabens, sulfates, GMO ingredients, and gluten. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Apr. 2022 Kit Kat's newest flavor lets customers enjoy all the goodness of blueberry muffins without turning on their ovens. Sabrina Weiss,, 6 Apr. 2022 Brunches with honest-to-goodness live country music are scarce in New York, and that surely makes country fans madder than a cat getting baptized. New York Times, 24 Mar. 2022 Even on a cloudy, cool Saturday, people were running the sea wall at Stanley Park, one of the largest urban parks in North America, and walking at East Bay Beach, which has honest-to-goodness palm trees. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 15 Mar. 2022 Turkmenistan's Darvaza gas crater is celebrated around the world as the closest thing on Earth to an honest-to-goodness portal to the Underworld. Maureen O'hare, CNN, 15 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of goodness

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Goodness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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good·​ness | \ ˈgu̇d-nəs How to pronounce goodness (audio) \

Kids Definition of goodness

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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