What does goodness mean?

Definitions for goodness
ˈgʊd nɪsgood·ness

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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.

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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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. Pnina Dembinsky:

    I am as happy as a free bird today, thank goodness everything will come to an end, we are going to be free, to get out, to meet our families, friends, enjoy life the way we know how to do it, the way we were used to about a year ago. We will get back to normal life.

  2. Jesse Sbaih:

    Basically, I was told I would not be able to win because of my religion and ethnicity, i said, ‘I respectfully disagree with you.’ I believe in the goodness and the spirit of the American people. The American people have embraced me since I’ve been to this country and I’ve embraced them back as an adopted son.

  3. William Congreve:

    Men are apt to offend ('tis true) where they find most goodness to forgive.

  4. John Updike:

    A leader is one who, out of madness or goodness, volunteers to take upon himself the woe of the people. There are few men so foolish, hence the erratic quality of leadership in the world.

  5. Tim Berners-Lee:

    Thank goodness it wasn't 'Exciting but vague'.

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    a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation
    • A. apex
    • B. rateables
    • C. bias
    • D. downsizing

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