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

Keep scrolling for more

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 Fellow academics treat him with indifferent cruelty; his Russian former wife exploits his kindness. Barbara Amiel, WSJ, "Five Best: Barbara Amiel on Misfits," 16 Oct. 2020 Someone who has been fighting their way to the top or stepping on everyone’s toes will likely respond to your loving kindness. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Oct. 10, 2020: Gemini, you receive visionary advice; Capricorn, let bygones be bygones," 10 Oct. 2020 Your kindness and consideration are nothing less than an inspiration. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Tom Cruise sits on speeding train for 'Mission: Impossible' stunt. Passing Norwegian motorists freak out.," 5 Oct. 2020 That message, with its kindness, is a reminder of how the pandemic has made the contrast between Trump and Biden particularly clear. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "What a Positive Test Won’t Change About Trump and the Pandemic," 2 Oct. 2020 Thank you for your incredible songs and your kindness to me. Toyin Owoseje, CNN, "Mac Davis, Elvis songwriter and country star, dead at 78," 30 Sep. 2020 His kindness, his depth of knowledge and his ability to remember the name of a dental student’s girlfriend or dog were the stuff of legend. Steve Rubenstein,, "Art Dugoni, preeminent dental educator, dies at 95," 25 Sep. 2020 Many music journalists also remembered Miller for his kindness and generosity. Rachel Yang,, "SZA, Chance the Rapper, and more honor Mac Miller on 2-year anniversary of his death," 8 Sep. 2020 Many music journalists also remembered Miller for his kindness and generosity. Rachel Yang,, "SZA, Chance the Rapper, and More Honor Mac Miller on 2-Year Anniversary of His Death," 8 Sep. 2020

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.

See More

First Known Use of kindness

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about kindness

Time Traveler for kindness

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for kindness

Last Updated

20 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Kindness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for kindness


How to pronounce kindness (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of kindness

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


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.

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on kindness

What made you want to look up kindness? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Namesakes Word Quiz

  • a citrus fruit possibly named after a person
  • Which of the following is a fruit named after a Moroccan seaport?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!