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 Wondering Diners Dear Wondering: The motivation behind this is simple: There are some kind and generous people in this world who enjoy performing anonymous acts of kindness. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Facebook ‘friend’ emerges in real life," 2 Mar. 2020 Her classmates shared many fond memories about Gianna with us, and those stories reminded me that Gianna loved and showed everyone that no act of kindness is too small to make a difference in someone’s life. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, "Vanessa Bryant's full remarks at Kobe and Gianna's memorial: 'You are my everything'," 24 Feb. 2020 Yet behind all of the pseudo-spiritual lingo and cheesy girlboss feminism, Banks’s motives are, and have always been, those of kindness—even if the message often gets lost in her reliably wacky medium. Liam Hess, Vogue, "Why Tyra Banks’s Modeling Theme Park Is Less Wacky Than It Sounds," 24 Feb. 2020 Sia is leading her own personal crusade of kindness. Dalton Ross,, "Survivor host Jeff Probst weighs in on Island of the Idols season finale and Sia awards," 19 Dec. 2019 Practicing loving-kindness is a primary ethical value of Judaism, which demands action. Sheryl Haft,, "Eight ways to incorporate Jewish values into your family’s Hanukkah," 11 Dec. 2019 So do intention, vulnerability, and the kindness of strangers. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 25 Feb. 2020 We’ve been overwhelmed by the kindness of our customers. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Tornado-damaged Preston and Royal gets its bakery back," 12 Feb. 2020 From day one, Hastings said she was struck by the kindness Ballard and Smith showed Teddy, encouraging him to get out of his room to play video games or meet visitors. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Patients ages 4 to 38 bond while awaiting heart transplants at Riley Children's Hospital," 25 Dec. 2019

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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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20 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Kindness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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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.

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