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.
Recent Examples on the Web Dominguez said the act of kindness lifted a huge weight off of her shoulders and crossed a major chore off her to-do list during a busy time. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, 5 Oct. 2021 Mark your calendars for Sweetest Day, a holiday that's celebrated by doing random acts of kindness for family, friends, and even strangers. Savanna Bous, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 Sep. 2021 The company returned her simple act of kindness with one if its own. BostonGlobe.com, 11 Sep. 2021 It Forward 9/11, an annual initiative to commemorate those who died by encouraging others to carry out acts of kindness. Leigh Scheps, CBS News, 10 Sep. 2021 Much Ado About Christmas Susie Abromeit (Jessica Jones) stars as Haley, a wealthy heiress known for her acts of kindness. Katie Bowlby, Country Living, 10 Sep. 2021 Your kindness and loyalty has been the greatest gift. Ale Russian, PEOPLE.com, 19 Sep. 2021 Finally my grandparents, my grandmother who passed a few months ago and my grandfather Peter O’Connor who hopefully watch this in the morning, your kindness and loyalty has been the greatest gift. Mónica Marie Zorrilla, Variety, 19 Sep. 2021 Brooks is recognized by his community not just for his military service, but also for his kindness. Sydney Page, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Sep. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'kindness.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of kindness

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 16 Oct. 2021.

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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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