What does Goodness mean?

Definitions for Goodness
ˈgʊd nɪsgood·ness

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Goodness.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. good, goodnessnoun

    that which is pleasing or valuable or useful

    "weigh the good against the bad"; "among the highest goods of all are happiness and self-realization"

  2. good, goodnessnoun

    moral excellence or admirableness

    "there is much good to be found in people"


  1. goodnessnoun

    The state or characteristic of being good.

  2. goodnessnoun

    The good, nutritional, healthy part or content of something.

  3. goodnessnoun


    Thank goodness that the war is over!

  4. goodnessnoun

    The moral qualities which constitute Christian excellence; moral virtue.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Goodnessnoun

    Desirable qualities either moral or physicial; kindness; favour.

    Etymology: from good.

    If for any thing he loved greatness, it was because therein he might exercise his goodness. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    There is in all things an appetite or desire, whereby they incline to something which they may be; all which perfections are contained under the general name of goodness. Richard Hooker.

    All goodness
    Is poison to thy stomach.
    ———— Yes, that goodness
    Of gleaning all the land’s wealth into one,
    Into your own hands, cardinal, by extortion:
    The goodness of your intercepted packets
    You writ to the pope against the king; your goodness,
    Since you provoke me, shall be most notorious. William Shakespeare, H. VIII.

    There’s no goodness in thy face. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopatra.

    The goodness of every thing is measured by its end and use, and that’s the best thing which serves the best end and purpose. John Tillotson, Sermon 1.

    All severally made him very particular relations of the strength of the Scots army, the excellent discipline that was observed in it, and the goodness of the men. Edward Hyde, b. ii.

    No body can say that tobacco of the same goodness is risen in respect of itself: one pound of the same goodness will never exchange for a pound and a quarter of the same goodness. John Locke.


  1. goodness

    Goodness refers to the quality or state of being morally upright, virtuous, and beneficial, often demonstrated through acts of kindness, compassion, fairness, generosity, and empathy towards others. It involves having a positive and ethical attitude, a willingness to help and support others, and a commitment to doing what is right and just. Goodness can be seen as a fundamental human value that contributes to the wellbeing and harmony of individuals and society as a whole.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Goodnessnoun

    the quality of being good in any of its various senses; excellence; virtue; kindness; benevolence; as, the goodness of timber, of a soil, of food; goodness of character, of disposition, of conduct, etc

  2. Etymology: [AS. gdnes.]


  1. Goodness

    Goodness was an American rock band from Seattle, Washington, led by Carrie Akre, formerly of Hammerbox and now primarily a solo artist. Goodness featured Akre, Danny Newcomb, Garth Reeves, Fiia McGann, and Chris Friel. Akre, Friel, and Newcomb later joined Mike McCready of Pearl Jam and Rick Friel to form the rock band The Rockfords. Goodness recorded a version of "Electricity, Electricity" with Mike McCready using the pseudonym "Petster" on electric guitar for the Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks tribute disc on Lava/Atlantic. They released their self-titled debut album in 1995 on Y Records, followed in 1998 by Anthem on Immortal/Epic and later These Days on Good Ink. Two live albums were released via Kufala Recordings in 2004. Goodness toured extensively all over the world, supporting such acts as Pearl Jam, Cheap Trick, and Oasis. They co-headlined a tour with Candlebox. Goodness reunited for shows at the Tractor Tavern in Ballard on November 22, 2008 and May 23, 2009.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Goodness is ranked #42455 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Goodness surname appeared 511 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Goodness.

    81.6% or 417 total occurrences were White.
    10.1% or 52 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    4.3% or 22 total occurrences were Asian.
    3.3% or 17 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Goodness' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1697

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Goodness' in Nouns Frequency: #2304

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Goodness in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Goodness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Goodness in a Sentence

  1. Sydney Fuller-Jones:

    Thank goodness, I only drive from home to work. I don't do too much other than that. But I've felt the pinch, we watch what we eat. Some things we were able to splurge on in the past is a thing of the past.

  2. Christen Kuikoua:

    It is people like you who make being oneself so simple. When kindness surrounds you, why wouldn't you choose to be yourself? Only genuine individuals bring out the best in you, leading you to thank God for His goodness and the uniqueness with which He has molded you. You are born to be original, and I am honored to be crowned as your friend.

  3. Anne Rice:

    Evil is always possible. Goodness is a difficulty.

  4. Ted Turner:

    It’s a mild case of what people have as Alzheimer’s. It’s similar to that. But not nearly as bad. Alzheimer’s is fatal, thank goodness I don’t have that. But, I also have got, let’s – the one that’s – I can’t remember the name of it.

  5. Said Peek:

    What pandemics, natural disasters, economic disasters do is uncover the everyday lived experience of these structural inequities that communities live with all the time, then they get so horrid that they come to light and people are just clutching their pearls like,' Oh my goodness !'.

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    an utterance expressing pain or disapproval
    A attend
    B refine
    C moan
    D signify

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