kindness

noun
kind·​ness | \ ˈkīn(d)-nəs How to pronounce kindness (audio) \

Definition of kindness

1 : the quality or state of being kind treating people with kindness and respect
2 : a kind deed : favor They did me a great kindness.
3 archaic : affection

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Examples of kindness in a Sentence

We thanked her for her many kindnesses. You would be doing me a great kindness if you agreed to help.

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Today, the Martin Richard Foundation has given out $2.3 million to projects and programs that reflect the values Martin exemplified in his short life: sportsmanship, inclusion, kindness, and peace. Shirley Leung, BostonGlobe.com, "Martin’s Park: A place for peace and play," 8 June 2019 The award is given to a school that exhibits the core values of GiGi’s Playhouse, which include kindness, acceptance and generosity. Sam Boyer, cleveland.com, "AAUW awards scholarships to two local women: Whit & Whimsey," 7 June 2019 In January 2018, the dancing teen also released a book called Girl on Pointe: Chloe's Guide to Taking on the World with tips on how to lead a happy and healthy life, navigate bullying, project kindness, and take control of your goals and dreams. Mackenzie Dunn, Woman's Day, "How Chloe Lukasiak Is Moving On From Her 'Dance Moms' Past," 26 May 2019 The Duke and Duchess remain appreciative for your warm wishes and kindness during this especially happy time in their lives! Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "When It Comes to Paternity Leave, Prince Harry Will Reportedly Follow in Prince William's Footsteps," 28 Apr. 2019 The Duke and Duchess remain appreciative for your warm wishes and kindness during this especially happy time in their lives! Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Reportedly Looking for a (Potentially Male) American Nanny," 17 Apr. 2019 The Duke and Duchess remain appreciative for your warm wishes and kindness during this especially happy time in their lives! Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Have Received Hundreds of Baby Gifts," 5 Apr. 2019 Books, movies, television shows and other works that promote hope, community and kindness in the face of great challenges are riding a wave of popularity. Ellen Gamerman, WSJ, "‘Hopepunk’ and ‘Up Lit’ Help Readers Shake Off the Dystopian Blues," 13 Mar. 2019 Kay shared the students' act of kindness on her Facebook page later that day, along with a photo of her son. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "South Carolina mom blown away by students' sweet act toward son at lunchtime: 'It gives me peace'," 31 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of kindness

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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kindness

noun

English Language Learners Definition of kindness

: the quality or state of being kind
: a kind act

kindness

noun
kind·​ness | \ ˈkīnd-nəs How to pronounce kindness (audio) \

Kids Definition of kindness

1 : the quality or state of being gentle and considerate She helped them out of kindness.
2 : a kind deed : favor You'd be doing me a great kindness by staying.

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