Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality or state of being kind.
  • n. An instance of kind behavior: I will always remember your many kindnesses to me.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being kind.
  • n. An instance of kind or charitable behaviour.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state or quality of being kind, in any of its various senses; manifestation of kind feeling or disposition beneficence.
  • n. A kind act; an act of good will.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being kind; good will; benevolence; beneficence of action or manner.
  • n. A kindly or tender feeling; affection; love.
  • n. That which is kind; an act of good will; a benefaction: as, to do one a kindness.
  • n. Accordance with mood or desire; fitness; agreeableness; congruity: as, the kindness of the elements.
  • n. Synonyms Tenderness,compassion, humanity, clemency, mildness, gentleness, goodness, generosity, fellow-feeling. See benignant and kindly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of being warmhearted and considerate and humane and sympathetic
  • n. tendency to be kind and forgiving
  • n. a kind act

Etymologies

From kind +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Stewart wound up the bit by saying everyone should take a lesson in kindness from the Sanchez episode.

    Jon Stewart: Rick Sanchez 'has a big heart' (Video)

  • But papa was stern for once, and vowed that I had been served quite right, declared that I should not be removed from school, and sent old Swishtail a brace of pheasants for what he called his kindness to me.

    The Fatal Boots

  • Usually he prefaces his turn with a plaintive speech in which he refers to the kindness and fair play shown him by his Australian audiences.

    The Secret Life of Houdini

  • I was still trying to reconcile the term kindness with the bad-tempered Raziel I’d been saddled with.

    Raziel

  • Mamma enjoys the birds very much, and I think I do more; for I have the double pleasure of giving them to mamma, and of eating them afterwards; but your kindness is the best of all.

    The Wide, Wide World

  • He exasperates me every moment by his stupidity, which you call his kindness; by his dullness, which you call his confidence, and then, above all, because he is my husband, instead of you.

    Original Short Stories — Volume 05

  • He had, of course, received the letter we had written to him from Tripataly, and quite pained me by the gratitude he showed for what he called my kindness to his daughter.

    The Tiger of Mysore A Story of the War with Tippoo Saib

  • I should not be removed from school, and sent old Swishtail a brace of pheasants for what he called his kindness to me.

    The Fatal Boots

  • "Since I look like your daughter Catherine, that which you call my kindness ought not to surprise you."

    Mysteries of Paris, V3

  • Once again kindness is not living up to her moniker; -)

    Think Progress » Judy Miller retires

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  • life, gift of

    July 23, 2009

  • Kindness glides about my house.
    Dame Kindness, she is so nice!

    from "Kindness," Sylvia Plath

    March 26, 2008