goodness

noun
good·​ness | \ ˈgu̇d-nəs How to pronounce goodness (audio) \

Definition of goodness

1 : the quality or state of being good
2 used interjectionally or in phrases especially to express mild surprise or shock oh, my goodness!goodness knows
3 : the nutritious, flavorful, or beneficial part of something

Examples of goodness in a Sentence

Even if you don't agree, at least have the goodness to be polite! a person of such unaffected goodness that his friends were inspired to lead better lives
Recent Examples on the Web But on last night's episode, the Emmy-winning host married a cabbage out of the goodness of his heart. Lester Fabian Brathwaite, EW.com, 29 Aug. 2022 With her own personal life and affluent lifestyle as a living witness, Scott showcases the goodness of having a personal relationship with the Lord through her social media. Lynnette Nicholas, Essence, 26 July 2022 The country is increasingly dependent on the goodness of others, donors, lenders — really any person or institution with the funds to help. New York Times, 19 July 2022 The country is increasingly dependent on the goodness of others, donors, lenders — really any person or institution with the funds to help. BostonGlobe.com, 19 July 2022 This more radical line of thinking isn’t about managing burnout, nor do its solutions rely upon employers improving working conditions out of the goodness of their hearts. Sarah Todd, Quartz, 18 July 2022 Men were sinful, and the goodness of women was the essential bulwark against the corruption of the world. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, 16 July 2022 Kamala shrugs off the notion of labels at the end of the series, content in the goodness that comes from efforts as New Jersey’s very own superhero. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 July 2022 He is beloved by us for his goodness and admired for his mastery. Ben Kamisar, NBC News, 20 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of goodness

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Sep 2022

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“Goodness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goodness. Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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goodness

noun
good·​ness | \ ˈgu̇d-nəs How to pronounce goodness (audio) \

Kids Definition of goodness

1 : the quality or state of being good Vegetables have natural goodness.
2 : excellence of morals and behavior My grandparents Hiddle were … full up to the tops of their heads with goodness and sweetness …— Sharon Creech, Walk Two Moons

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