Definition of kindness in English:



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

    • ‘It is only in the last few days that stories have emerged of his quiet acts of kindness and thoughtfulness.’
    • ‘Noted for her kindness and courtesy, Catherine was very much at home in her chosen vocation.’
    • ‘Their spirituality resides in values of neighbourliness, kindness, community and family.’
    • ‘Everyone's kindness and generosity is very much appreciated by all concerned.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These awards were given to them for their kindness and generosity to their neighbours.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was known for his kindness and generosity and his concern for the young.’
    • ‘Thank you to the Counsells and Beardsleys for their kindness and generosity and hospitality.’
    • ‘Its time to treat yourself with the same kindness and care you give others.’
    • ‘The couple say they have been left speechless by the kindness and generosity of friends and neighbours.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A special thank you to neighbors and friends for their kindness, support and help.’
    • ‘Her kindness and generosity go way beyond what is expected of any human being.’
    • ‘Part of the problem with kindness and compassion is that they often present as weak and empty virtues.’
    • ‘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.’
    kindliness, kind-heartedness, warm-heartedness, tender-heartedness, goodwill, affectionateness, affection, warmth, gentleness, tenderness, concern, care
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    1. 1.1 A kind act.
      ‘it is a kindness I shall never forget’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I don't know exactly what my father hoped to accomplish by denying us this most basic of human 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.’
      • ‘We have experienced the prayers and kindnesses of so very many friends, near and far.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I don't know them but I appreciate their kindnesses to her.’
      • ‘People believed that filial piety was the first of all kindnesses.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But I feel such greed would have not been the correct response to the kindnesses I had already been shown.’
      • ‘All their little kindnesses, the shared meals, the pre-war adventures, the down moments, all lost.’
      • ‘The crotchety and the crooked have their vulnerabilities and kindnesses, and no-one is wholly good or bad.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I would like to thank you now for your kindnesses as I will be gone before you rise.’
      • ‘It's a bruising headlong rush - all kindnesses abandoned on the cutting-room floor.’
      • ‘Strangers extend kindnesses at unlikely times and can make you feel so good.’
      kind act, good deed, act of kindness, good turn, favour, act of assistance, service, help, aid
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