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as in compassionate
having or marked by sympathy and consideration for others a kind person who regularly volunteers at the homeless shelter

Synonyms & Similar Words

Antonyms & Near Antonyms

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kind people
generous people
friendly people
thoughtful people
helpful people
kind words
pleasant words
sweet words
gentle words
nice words
kind intentions
nice intentions
wholesome intentions
great intentions
decent intentions
pure intentions
a kind way
a generous way
a tender way
a gentle way
a sweet way
kind thoughts
good thoughts
positive thoughts
compassionate thoughts
gentle thoughts
pleasant thoughts

Synonym Chooser

How is the word kind distinct from other similar nouns?

Some common synonyms of kind are character, description, nature, sort, and type. While all these words mean "a number of individuals thought of as a group because of a common quality or qualities," kind may suggest natural grouping.

a zoo seemingly having animals of every kind

Where would character be a reasonable alternative to kind?

The synonyms character and kind are sometimes interchangeable, but character implies a group marked by distinctive likenesses peculiar to the type.

research on the subject so far has been of an elementary character

When could description be used to replace kind?

While the synonyms description and kind are close in meaning, description implies a group marked by agreement in all details belonging to a type as described or defined.

not all acts of that description are actually illegal

When would nature be a good substitute for kind?

While in some cases nearly identical to kind, nature may imply inherent, essential resemblance rather than obvious or superficial likenesses.

two problems of a similar nature

When can sort be used instead of kind?

The words sort and kind can be used in similar contexts, but sort often suggests some disparagement.

the sort of newspaper dealing in sensational stories

When is it sensible to use type instead of kind?

Although the words type and kind have much in common, type may suggest strong and clearly marked similarity throughout the items included so that each is typical of the group.

one of three basic body types

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Cite this Entry

“Kind.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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