kindness

noun

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Practice random acts of kindness Take a moment to do nice things for others throughout your day. Andrea Kane, CNN, 21 July 2024 Taylor Swift's fans in Germany have showered the star with kindness beyond her wildest dreams! Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 20 July 2024 Fisher portrays Joe-Nathan with dignity and intelligence, and conveys the importance of committing to a life filled with kindness. Becky Meloan, Washington Post, 19 July 2024 But Samantha believed in a world of kindness and peace. Gina Kaufman, Detroit Free Press, 18 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for kindness 

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of kindness was in the 14th century

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“Kindness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kindness. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

kindness

noun
kind·​ness ˈkīn(d)-nəs How to pronounce kindness (audio)
1
: a kind deed : favor
returned his kindness
2
: the quality or state of being kind
treat others with kindness

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