Definition of goodness in English:

goodness

noun

  • 1The quality of being good:

    ‘a belief in the basic goodness of mankind’
    • ‘But they're after us - they hate us for our goodness and our purity, they cannot abide the light we bring unto the world.’
    • ‘Meditation is a process of lightening up, of trusting the basic goodness of what we have and who we are, and of realizing that any wisdom that exists, exists in what we already have.’
    • ‘Wisdom requires that we work with the inner self, in order to act in accordance with the basic goodness we all have.’
    • ‘Does anyone seriously think, for a moment, that Henry intends, from the goodness of his heart, to work hard to repay the ill-gotten gains.’
    • ‘Life on the idyllic left coast has caused her to believe in the truth of honesty, the goodness in her fellow man, and doing good deeds.’
    • ‘You think as you are watching it, that everything is quite politically correct, that sweet Vera is doing it all out of the goodness of her own heart, but watch closer.’
    • ‘I fed his curiosity, for it allowed me to praise the goodness and virtues of my people.’
    • ‘It teaches the interconnectedness of all things and the basic goodness of human nature.’
    • ‘He went on to talk about one of the strengths of America being its tolerance for dissent, and his enormous respect for and faith in the goodness and fairness of the American people.’
    • ‘Your goodness of heart brings you peace inside.’
    • ‘Basic goodness transcends the concepts of good and bad.’
    • ‘This book is a thousand times worse, force-feeding us a tale not only of the author's goodness, but the goodness of his long line of ancestors.’
    • ‘Hope draws its power from a deep trust in higher being and the basic goodness of human nature’
    • ‘What matters is the goodness and virtue of the individual.’
    • ‘All the world should, and must, gather together in spirit and ensure that in the end only the goodness of mankind will prevail, as we venture into forever together.’
    • ‘Out of the goodness of my heart I decided to loan him some of the CD-ROMs I've burned lately, so he can have a search through them and see what tunes he likes.’
    • ‘While often being disheartened by the mistakes of our government, it is my sincere hope that its decisions in the upcoming days are wise and reflect the goodness of this nation.’
    • ‘The government said that it was doing this ‘out of the goodness of its heart’.’
    • ‘But along with my innocent childhood belief in the resurrection of rock music and the essential goodness of mankind, this myth was shattered too.’
    • ‘Don't do it out of the goodness of your heart, if you don't want to.’
    kindness, kindliness, kind-heartedness, warm-heartedness, tender-heartedness, humaneness, humanity, mildness, benevolence, benignity, tenderness, warmth, motherliness, fatherliness, affection, lovingness, love, goodwill
    virtue, virtuousness, good, righteousness, morality, ethicalness, uprightness, upstandingness, integrity, principle, dignity, rectitude, rightness
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  • 2The beneficial or nourishing element of food.

    • ‘I lifted my beer bottle to my face and drank the frothy goodness, sipping it slowly, savoring the bitter crisp taste.’
    • ‘The food nourishes, provides nutrients and goodness, yet the left-overs are generally uniform and of a recurring theme.’
    • ‘What was once our sustenance has become carcinogenic and devoid of goodness and nourishment.’
    • ‘It's loaded with fibre, has practically no calories, and fills you full of rich, vitamin-y goodness every time you take a bite.’
    • ‘Very basic flavouring should underline the goodness of the piece of meat and fish or whatever.’
    • ‘Some of them even went so far as to ingest tape worms to avoid their bodies absorbing the goodness from food and so remaining thin (some people today still do this).’
    • ‘At least, not now, with the goodness and warmth of the food spreading within him.’
    nutritional value, nutrition, nutrients, wholesomeness, nourishment
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exclamation

  • (as a substitution for ‘God’) expressing surprise, anger, etc.:

    ‘goodness knows why she didn't go herself’
    ‘my goodness, you gave me quite a fright!’
    • ‘Ben Pimlott (who calls her Alice) records that the young princess once said ‘My goodness!’’
    • ‘I was just about to talk about Kate Hudson, but, goodness, we have a star of our own over here.’
    • ‘In my own half-asleep state, I heard her go through to Alex's room, and then there was an exclamation of ‘Oh my goodness!’’
    • ‘He had just come into the cafe, and oh my goodness!’
    • ‘I went and looked down it and thought ‘Oh my goodness!’’
    • ‘But they don't care about anything - goodness, I could tell you stories!’
    • ‘It must be in 1997 - goodness, has the newsletter been going that long?’
    • ‘But they - goodness, I nearly said ‘we’ - will just have to lump it.’
    • ‘When they tell me about the son of the house, however, keeping up the impressed noises can be rather an effort - goodness, a lifeguard at the swimming pool!’

Origin

Old English gōdnes (see good, -ness).

Pronunciation:

goodness

/ˈɡʊdnəs/