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1‘she brought all kinds of gifts’
sort, type, variety, style, form, class, category, genre
genus, species, race, breed, family, strain, order, natural kind
brand, make, model, design, version, line, mark
2‘the trials were different in kind from any that preceded them’
character, nature, essence, quality, disposition, make-up, calibre
type, style, stamp, manner, description, mould, cast, temperament, ilk, kidney, persuasion
North American stripe
1‘she's a kind girl and often rings me’
kindly, good-natured, kind-hearted, tender-hearted, warm-hearted, soft-hearted, good-hearted, tender, caring, feeling, affectionate, loving, warm, gentle, mellow, mild
considerate, helpful, thoughtful, obliging, unselfish, selfless, altruistic, good, cooperative, accommodating, attentive
compassionate, sympathetic, understanding, big-hearted, benevolent, benign, friendly, neighbourly, courteous, agreeable, pleasant, nice, amiable, hospitable, well meaning, well intentioned, public-spirited, well meant
generous, magnanimous, indulgent, tolerant, charitable, gracious, lenient, humane, merciful, clement, pitying, forbearing, long-suffering, patient
liberal, open-handed, lavish, bountiful, unsparing, unstinting, beneficent, munificent, giving
British informal decent
unkind, inconsiderate, mean, cruel
‘it got kind of cosy’
rather, quite, fairly, moderately, somewhat, a little, slightly, a shade
in a way, in a manner of speaking, after a fashion, as one might say
sort of, a bit, kinda, pretty, a touch, a thought, a tad, ish
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