What does kindness mean?

Definitions for kindness
ˈkaɪnd nɪskind·ness

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. kindnessnoun

    the quality of being warmhearted and considerate and humane and sympathetic

  2. forgivingness, kindnessnoun

    tendency to be kind and forgiving

  3. kindness, benignitynoun

    a kind act


  1. kindnessnoun

    The state of being kind.

  2. kindnessnoun

    An instance of kind or charitable behaviour.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Kindnessnoun

    Benevolence; beneficence; good will; favour; love.

    Etymology: from kind.

    If there be kindness, meekness, or comfort in her tongue, then is not her husband like other men. Ecclus. xxxvi. 23.

    Old Lelius professes he had an extraordinary kindness for several young people. Jeremy Collier, of Friendship.

    Ever blest be Cytherea’s shrine,
    Since thy dear breast has felt an equal wound,
    Since in thy kindness my desires are crown’d. Matthew Prior.

    Love and inclination can be produced only by an experience or opinion of kindness to us. John Rogers, Sermons.


  1. Kindness

    Kindness is a type of behavior marked by acts of generosity, consideration, rendering assistant or concern for others, without expecting praise or reward in return. Kindness is a topic of interest in philosophy, religion, and psychology. Kindness was one of the main topics in the Bible. In Book II of "Rhetoric", Aristotle defines kindness as "helpfulness towards someone in need, not in return for anything, nor for the advantage of the helper himself, but for that of the person helped". Nietzsche considered kindness and love to be the "most curative herbs and agents in human intercourse". Kindness is considered to be one of the Knightly Virtues. In Meher Baba's teachings, God is synonymous with kindness: "God is so kind that it is impossible to imagine His unbounded kindness!"


  1. kindness

    Kindness refers to the act of being friendly, considerate, and generous towards others. It involves showing empathy, understanding, and care without expecting anything in return. Kindness can be expressed through words, actions, gestures, or even just a smile. It is a trait valued in many cultures and religions, often associated with qualities such as compassion, love, patience, and generosity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Kindnessadjective

    the state or quality of being kind, in any of its various senses; manifestation of kind feeling or disposition beneficence

  2. Kindnessadjective

    a kind act; an act of good will; as, to do a great kindness


  1. Kindness

    Kindness is the act or the state of being kind, being marked by good and charitable behavior, pleasant disposition, and concern for others. It is known as a virtue, and recognized as a value in many cultures and religions. Research has shown that acts of kindness does not only benefit receivers of the kind act, but also the giver, as a result of the release of neurotransmitters responsible for feelings of contentment and relaxation when such acts are committed.

Editors Contribution

  1. kindness

    The quality of being kind.

    The kindness shown was so beautiful and made our hearts feel such love towards each other.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 17, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Kindness is ranked #79846 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Kindness surname appeared 238 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Kindness.

    65.9% or 157 total occurrences were White.
    23.5% or 56 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    6.3% or 15 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.1% or 5 total occurrences were Black.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of kindness in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of kindness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of kindness in a Sentence

  1. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Be kind as if life is for love and kindness.

  2. Jonathan Scott -LRB- R -RRB-:

    I honestly look for the good in all people and whether you believe in God or you believe in your country or you believe in family, they all have one thing in common in that they stand for something greater than themselves. I see all of your negative comments, the hateful comments you post and it gives me that pit in the bottom of my stomach because I’m posting something good and positive and, at the end of the day, I just want to spark conversation, but, I can’t think of what could possibly be more important than basic human kindness. I feel like you reach a crossroad when you want to stand up and voice your opinion. You can either stand up and say something constructive, or stand up and say something destructive. And, lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of the latter.

  3. Keisha Lance Bottoms:

    Christopher Edwards Jr. and Erin Edwards were beautiful, vibrant, and brilliant young adults, whom we had the pleasure of knowing their entire lives. They filled the lives of all who met them with joy, compassion, and kindness. May the peace of God, that surpasses all understanding, be with the Christopher Edwards Jr. family and all who had the honor to have known them.

  4. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Happiness is an inner perception, inner joyfulness. We are happy when we express our kindness unconditionally. We are happy when we love someone unconditionally. By becoming the source of happiness for someone, we become happy. Happiness is the purpose of every creation.

  5. Jon Ronson wonders .:

    Kindness and compassion works, if we're serious about wanting to improve the world, what McGreevey does is what works, and what we do on Twitter doesn't work.

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