Definition of kindness in English:



mass noun
  • 1The quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.

    ‘he thanked them for their kindness and support’
    • ‘Thank you to the Counsells and Beardsleys for their kindness and generosity and hospitality.’
    • ‘Their spirituality resides in values of neighbourliness, kindness, community and family.’
    • ‘Part of the problem with kindness and compassion is that they often present as weak and empty virtues.’
    • ‘A special thank you to neighbors and friends for their kindness, support and help.’
    • ‘The kindness and generosity of people I have never met leaves me lost for words.’
    • ‘The joy, the support, the care and kindness that this man showed was completely amazing.’
    • ‘Doreen was renowned for her caring and compassionate nature and her kindness to so many people.’
    • ‘Its time to treat yourself with the same kindness and care you give others.’
    • ‘We experienced the warmth and kindness of the local people who soon became our friends.’
    • ‘And a huge thank you for all your kindness and generosity within this department.’
    • ‘A sincere thank you to our family and friends for their kindness on this occasion.’
    • ‘It is only in the last few days that stories have emerged of his quiet acts of kindness and thoughtfulness.’
    • ‘But people need to be treated with kindness, compassion and support, not as criminals.’
    • ‘Everyone's kindness and generosity is very much appreciated by all concerned.’
    • ‘He was known for his kindness and generosity and his concern for the young.’
    • ‘Her kindness and generosity go way beyond what is expected of any human being.’
    • ‘These awards were given to them for their kindness and generosity to their neighbours.’
    • ‘Noted for her kindness and courtesy, Catherine was very much at home in her chosen vocation.’
    • ‘The couple say they have been left speechless by the kindness and generosity of friends and neighbours.’
    • ‘This shows tolerance, acceptance and kindness, whether you support his view or not.’
    kindliness, kind-heartedness, warm-heartedness, tender-heartedness, goodwill, affectionateness, affection, warmth, gentleness, tenderness, concern, care
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    1. 1.1count noun A kind act.
      ‘it would be a kindness on your part to invite her’
      • ‘Strangers extend kindnesses at unlikely times and can make you feel so good.’
      • ‘We have experienced the prayers and kindnesses of so very many friends, near and far.’
      • ‘It's a bruising headlong rush - all kindnesses abandoned on the cutting-room floor.’
      • ‘All their little kindnesses, the shared meals, the pre-war adventures, the down moments, all lost.’
      • ‘But I feel such greed would have not been the correct response to the kindnesses I had already been shown.’
      • ‘The dangers, the diseases, the unexpected kindnesses and harsh brutality met by the travellers are pieced together from their letters and journals in a story as gripping as fiction.’
      • ‘One of his kindnesses was commissioning a review of my book, which appears in this issue.’
      • ‘I grew to love and respect Xavier, who showed me many small kindnesses like tying my shoe-laces, wiping my nose or offering me the odd sweet.’
      • ‘The family thanks them all for their many kindnesses, good wishes, and expressions of sympathy; and wishes that in lieu of flowers, they make a donation to a charity of their choice.’
      • ‘There were a ton of celebrities, who dropped what they were doing to come to pay respects, amazing stories and recollections of kindnesses long past.’
      • ‘People believed that filial piety was the first of all kindnesses.’
      • ‘And so, rather than make a simple barter or exchange between two people, we'd be part of a chain of kindnesses, passed on from one person to another, and that chain would be unbroken as long as people just kept doing it.’
      • ‘Before you had it even formulated in your mind, she had offered to help and, sadly, we never had a chance to return so many kindnesses.’
      • ‘I don't know exactly what my father hoped to accomplish by denying us this most basic of human kindnesses.’
      • ‘Michael was conducting the three-site tour in English especially for me, and I am indebted for that and many additional kindnesses from him and others.’
      • ‘She asked each of us to give her a list of kindnesses that we had done for other people.’
      • ‘I would like to thank you now for your kindnesses as I will be gone before you rise.’
      • ‘The crotchety and the crooked have their vulnerabilities and kindnesses, and no-one is wholly good or bad.’
      • ‘I don't know them but I appreciate their kindnesses to her.’
      • ‘It's also about remembering someone who, whatever her faults, performed more kindnesses to more people than most of us will get round to meeting in lifetimes twice as long.’
      kind act, good deed, act of kindness, good turn, favour, act of assistance, service, help, aid
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