kind·​li·​ness | \ ˈkīn(d)-lē-nəs How to pronounce kindliness (audio) \

Definition of kindliness

1 : the quality or state of being kindly
2 : a kindly deed

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Examples of kindliness in a Sentence

was touched by the kindliness of his neighbors, who voluntarily took care of his dog while he was in the hospital as a result of her kindliness, several poor families have the makings for a Thanksgiving feast
Recent Examples on the Web Augustus didn’t emerge from uncertain beginnings and civil war through kindliness and good deeds; nor did Jahangir win the throne by patience and piety. Maxwell Carter, WSJ, "‘Empress’ Review: Light of the Mughal World," 13 July 2018 Weinberg’s memoir doesn’t aspire to the depth of Feeney’s study, but its fealty and kindliness have their own appeal. Thomas Mallon, New York Times, "Watch One With the Gipper: An Aide Recalls Movie Nights With the Reagans," 2 Apr. 2018 Grandpa is hung-over, grandma has run out of kindliness, Mom has post-traumatic hostess stress. Wired Staff, WIRED, "Holiday Play-Toy Deluxe," 26 Dec. 2003 Mr. McCartney was the exception, radiating aw-shucks kindliness and preaching heartfelt peace and love in many of his songs. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Review: Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones, Electric, Not Just Nostalgic, at Desert Trip OCT. 8, 2016," 10 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of kindliness

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Kindliness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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