kind·ness | \ ˈkīn(d)-nəs \

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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Leaders from all segments of the community came to offer words of support for Angela’s kindness. Steve West,, "A rally for MAMA | Opinion," 9 July 2018 To continue reading this story, TRY IT NOW Such acts of kindness toward players were typical of LaReau, the first athletic trainer for the Spurs after the team moved from Dallas in 1973. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "Spurs’ first trainer looked out for players on, off court," 9 July 2018 Friends said Deven always set an example for the rest of them through his responsible behavior and kindness. Jane Wester, charlotteobserver, "'He was showing us how to live:' Hundreds gather for funeral of Providence Day student," 3 July 2018 Our city has long stood as a welcoming city – a place of safety and kindness for those fleeing violence and oppression in their homelands. Gina Martinez, Time, "Girl, 3, Dies After Idaho Mass Stabbing as Police Reveal Victims Were From Syria, Ethiopia and Iraq," 2 July 2018 Despite record giving by many donor countries and extraordinary acts of kindness by people from across the globe, UN agencies like UNHCR are faced with large financial deficits.... Monitor Editors, The Christian Science Monitor, "US withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council puts funding in doubt, Glimmers of hope for refugees, UN’s resolution on Palestinians was mostly a win, European left walks an immigration tightrope, Mohamed Salah is changing perceptions about Muslims," 30 June 2018 But many aspiring musicians also remembered the kindness shown to them by veteran players. Gary Kamiya,, "When Miles Davis and Charlie Parker were in SF, this was the go-to club," 23 June 2018 The slow road through Rajasthan is joyous because of these new small properties, the awareness of crisp comfort (no more musty dusty), the care and kindness for the individual traveller, the Rajput families, the connection to the land. Victoria Mather, A-LIST, "India Files: the Princely Grandeur of Rajasthan," 20 June 2018 Thank you for all the kindness that has been shown to us on the birth of our youngest daughter Adrienne! Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Madeleine of Sweden was a Bridesmaid Last Weekend," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of kindness

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of kindness

: the quality or state of being kind

: a kind act


kind·ness | \ ˈkīnd-nəs \

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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