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

Example Sentences

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

First Known Use

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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Cite this Entry

“Kindness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kindness. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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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