Definition of kindness in English:



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

    ‘he thanked them for their kindness and support’
    • ‘And a huge thank you for all your kindness and generosity within this department.’
    • ‘It is only in the last few days that stories have emerged of his quiet acts of kindness and thoughtfulness.’
    • ‘Her kindness and generosity go way beyond what is expected of any human being.’
    • ‘He was known for his kindness and generosity and his concern for the young.’
    • ‘This shows tolerance, acceptance and kindness, whether you support his view or not.’
    • ‘But people need to be treated with kindness, compassion and support, not as criminals.’
    • ‘The joy, the support, the care and kindness that this man showed was completely amazing.’
    • ‘The couple say they have been left speechless by the kindness and generosity of friends and neighbours.’
    • ‘Noted for her kindness and courtesy, Catherine was very much at home in her chosen vocation.’
    • ‘A special thank you to neighbors and friends for their kindness, support and help.’
    • ‘Everyone's kindness and generosity is very much appreciated by all concerned.’
    • ‘Thank you to the Counsells and Beardsleys for their kindness and generosity and hospitality.’
    • ‘A sincere thank you to our family and friends for their kindness on this occasion.’
    • ‘Doreen was renowned for her caring and compassionate nature and her kindness to so many people.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These awards were given to them for their kindness and generosity to their neighbours.’
    • ‘The kindness and generosity of people I have never met leaves me lost for words.’
    • ‘We experienced the warmth and kindness of the local people who soon became our friends.’
    • ‘Its time to treat yourself with the same kindness and care you give others.’
    kindliness, kind-heartedness, warm-heartedness, tender-heartedness, goodwill, affectionateness, affection, warmth, gentleness, tenderness, concern, care
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    1. 1.1[count noun]A kind act.
      ‘it would be a kindness on your part to invite her’
      • ‘It's a bruising headlong rush - all kindnesses abandoned on the cutting-room floor.’
      • ‘I don't know them but I appreciate their kindnesses to her.’
      • ‘But I feel such greed would have not been the correct response to the kindnesses I had already been shown.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I don't know exactly what my father hoped to accomplish by denying us this most basic of human kindnesses.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She asked each of us to give her a list of kindnesses that we had done for other people.’
      • ‘One of his kindnesses was commissioning a review of my book, which appears in this issue.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Strangers extend kindnesses at unlikely times and can make you feel so good.’
      • ‘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 would like to thank you now for your kindnesses as I will be gone before you rise.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘All their little kindnesses, the shared meals, the pre-war adventures, the down moments, all lost.’
      • ‘We have experienced the prayers and kindnesses of so very many friends, near and far.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The crotchety and the crooked have their vulnerabilities and kindnesses, and no-one is wholly good or bad.’
      • ‘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.’
      kind act, good deed, act of kindness, good turn, favour, act of assistance, service, help, aid
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