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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

KINDNESS, n. [from kind, the adjective.]
1. Good will; benevolence; that temper or disposition which delights in contributing to the happiness of others, which is exercised cheerfully in gratifying their wishes, supplying their wants or alleviating their distresses; benignity of nature. Kindness ever accompanies love.
There is no man whose kindness we may not sometime want, or by whose malice we may not sometime suffer.
2. Act of good will; beneficence; any act of benevolence which promotes the happiness or welfare of others. Charity, hospitality, attentions to the wants of others, etc., are deemed acts of kindness, or kindnesses. Acts 28.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: the quality of being warmhearted and considerate and humane and sympathetic [ant: unkindness]
2: tendency to be kind and forgiving [syn: forgivingness, kindness]
3: a kind act [syn: kindness, benignity]

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 13th century 1. a kind deed ; favor 2. a. the quality or state of being kind b. archaic affection

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 the state or quality of being kind. 2 a kind act .

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Kindness Kind"ness, n. [From Kind. a.] 1. The state or quality of being kind, in any of its various senses; manifestation of kind feeling or disposition beneficence. I do fear thy nature; It is too full o' the milk of human kindness To catch the nearest way. --Shak. Unremembered acts Of kindness and of love. --Wordsworth. 2. A kind act; an act of good will; as, to do a great kindness. Syn: Good will; benignity; grace; tenderness; compassion; humanity; clemency; mildness; gentleness; goodness; generosity; beneficence; favor.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

Kindness is the quality of being gentle, caring, and helpful. We have been treated with such kindness by everybody.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

kind'-nes (checedh; chrestotes): "Kindness" in the Old Testament is (with one exception) the translation of checedh, "kindness," "favor," "mercy," etc., used chiefly of man but also of God (Ge 20:13; 40:14; 1Sa 15:6; 20:14,15; 2Sa 9:3; Ne 9:17; Ps 141:5; Isa 54:8,10, etc.); Tobh, "good," is once so translated (2Sa 2:6). In the New Testament chrestotes, "usefulness," "beneficence," is rendered "kindness" 4 t in the King James Version (2Co 6:6; Eph 2:7; Col 3:12; Tit 3:4, and in Ga 5:22 the Revised Version (British and American)); see GENTLENESS; GOODNESS. Philanthropia, "love of mankind," is translated "kindness" Ac 28:2), and philadelphia, "love of the brotherhood" (2Pe 1:7, the English Revised Version "love of the brethren," the American Revised Version margin "Gr, love of the brethren").

For "kindness" (Ps 31:21) the Revised Version (British and American) has "lovingkindness," and the American Standard Revised Version in other places where the reference is to God; for "shew," "shewed kindness" (Jos 2:12) "deal," "dealt kindly"; for "The desire of man is his kindness" (Pr 19:22) the American Standard Revised Version has "That which maketh a man to be desired is his kindness," the English Revised Version "The desire of man is (the measure of) his kindness," like the American Standard Revised Version in m; for "merciful kindness" (Ps 117:2) the American Standard Revised Version has "lovingkindness," the English Revised Version "mercy "; both have "lovingkindness" (Ps 119:76); for "of great kindness" (Ne 9:17; Joe 2:13; Jon 4:2) the American Standard Revised Version has "abundant in lovingkindness," the English Revised Version "plenteous in mercy"; the Revised Version (British and American) has "kindness" for "mercy" (Ge 39:21); for "pity" (Job 6:14); for "goodness" (Pr 20:6); "favor and kindness" the American Standard Revised Version, for "grace and favor" (Es 2:17).


Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Benevolence, beneficence, benignity, humanity, generosity, philanthropy, charity, kindliness, sympathy, tenderness, amiability, fellow-feeling, clemency, good feeling. 2. Kind act, good turn, kind office, favor.

Moby Thesaurus

accommodatingness, act of grace, act of kindness, advantageousness, affability, agreeableness, aid, amiability, amiableness, amicability, amicableness, amity, assistance, auspiciousness, benefaction, beneficence, beneficialness, benefit, benevolence, benignity, blessing, charitableness, charity, class, clemency, cogency, commiseration, compassion, complaisance, compliance, condolence, condonation, congeniality, consideration, cordiality, courtesy, decency, desert, dispensation, disregard, excellence, expedience, fairness, favor, favorableness, feeling, fineness, first-rateness, forbearance, forgiveness, forgivingness, friendliness, friendship, generosity, generousness, geniality, gentleness, good deed, good offices, good turn, goodliness, goodness, grace, graciosity, graciousness, healthiness, helpfulness, hospitality, humaneness, humanity, indulgence, kind deed, kind offices, kindliness, kindly act, labor of love, leniency, long-suffering, longanimity, love, magnanimity, mercy, merit, mitigation, mitzvah, neighborlikeness, neighborliness, niceness, obligation, obligingness, office, overlooking, pardon, pathos, patience, peaceableness, philanthropy, pity, pleasantness, profitableness, quality, quarter, relief, reprieve, rewardingness, ruth, self-pity, service, skillfulness, sociability, soundness, superiority, sympathy, tenderness, thoughtfulness, tolerance, turn, understanding, unhostility, unrevengefulness, usefulness, validity, value, virtue, virtuousness, warmth, well-affectedness, wholeness, worth


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