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good·ness

 (go͝od′nĭs)
n.
1. The state or quality of being good.
2. The beneficial or nutritious part.
interj.
Used to express mild surprise.

goodness

(ˈɡʊdnɪs)
n
1. the state or quality of being good
2. generosity; kindness
3. moral excellence; piety; virtue
interj
a euphemism for God: goodness knows!; thank goodness!.

good•ness

(ˈgʊd nɪs)

n.
1. the state or quality of being good.
2. moral excellence; virtue.
3. kindness; generosity.
4. the best or most valuable part of anything; essence.
5. a euphemism for God: Thank goodness!
interj.
6. (used in expressions of surprise, alarm, etc.).
[before 900]
syn: goodness, morality, virtue refer to qualities of character or conduct that entitle the possessor to approval and esteem. goodness is the simple word for a general quality recognized as an inherent part of one's character: her goodness and honesty. morality implies conformity to the recognized standards of right conduct: a citizen of the highest morality. virtue is a rather formal word, and usu. suggests goodness that is consciously or steadily maintained, often in spite of evil influences: a man of unassailable virtue.

Goodness


the belief that all things incline toward the good. — agathist, n.
the doctrine or science of the good. — agathologic, agathological, adj.
attitudes or actions of well-intentioned but sometimes ineffectual people, especially in the area of social reform.
the vindication of the goodness of God in the face of the existence of evil. — theodicean, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.goodness - 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"
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
worthiness - the quality or state of having merit or value
desirability, desirableness - the quality of being worthy of desiring
benefit, welfare - something that aids or promotes well-being; "for the benefit of all"
better - something superior in quality or condition or effect; "a change for the better"
better - the superior one of two alternatives; "chose the better of the two"
optimum - most favorable conditions or greatest degree or amount possible under given circumstances
wiseness, soundness, wisdom - the quality of being prudent and sensible
bad, badness - that which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency; "take the bad with the good"
2.goodness - moral excellence or admirableness; "there is much good to be found in people"
kindness - the quality of being warmhearted and considerate and humane and sympathetic
beneficence - the quality of being kind or helpful or generous
benignancy, benignity, graciousness - the quality of being kind and gentle
morality - concern with the distinction between good and evil or right and wrong; right or good conduct
moral excellence, virtue, virtuousness - the quality of doing what is right and avoiding what is wrong
virtue - a particular moral excellence
saintliness - the quality of resembling a saint
summum bonum - the supreme good in which all moral values are included or from which they are derived
evilness, evil - the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice; "attempts to explain the origin of evil in the world"

goodness

noun
2. excellence, value, quality, worth, merit, superiority his total belief in the goodness of socialist society
3. nutrition, benefit, advantage, nourishment, wholesomeness, salubriousness drinks full of natural goodness
4. kindness, charity, humanity, goodwill, mercy, compassion, generosity, friendliness, benevolence, graciousness, beneficence, kindliness, humaneness, kind-heartedness performing actions of goodness towards the poor
Quotations
"Goodness is easier to recognise than to define" [W.H. Auden I Believe]
"Nobody deserves to be praised for his goodness if he has not the power to be wicked. All other goodness is often only weakness and impotence of the will" [Duc de la Rochefoucauld Maxims]
"Goodness is not achieved in a vacuum, but in the company of other men, attended by love" [Saul Bellow Dangling Man]

goodness

noun
The quality or state of being morally sound:
Translations
خَيْر، جَوْدَهيا الله!
dobrotamůj bože
godhedih du milde!
góîmennska, gæskahamingjan sanna
dobrotapanebože
dobrotahvala bogu
Allah Allah!Aman Allahım!güzellikiyilik

goodness

[ˈgʊdnɪs] N
1. (= virtue) → bondad f
2. (= kindness) → amabilidad f
out of the goodness of his heartde lo bondadoso que es
3. (= good quality) → calidad f
4. (= essence) → sustancia f, lo mejor
5. (in phrases) (my) goodness!; goodness gracious!¡Dios mío!
thank goodness!¡menos mal!
for goodness' sake!¡por Dios!
I wish to goodness I'd never met himojalá nunca lo hubiera conocido

goodness

[ˈgʊdnɪs]
n
[person] → bonté f
to do sth out of the goodness of one's heart → faire qch par pure gentillesse
[food] → qualités fpl nutritives
(in exclamations) for goodness sake! → pour l'amour de Dieu!
goodness gracious! → bonté divine!
my goodness! → juste ciel!
thank goodness! → dieu merci!
excljuste ciel!

goodness

n
Güte f; (of food)Güte f, → Nährgehalt m; out of the goodness of his/her heartaus reiner Herzensgüte; would you have the goodness to … (form)hätten Sie bitte die Güte, zu … (geh)
(in exclamations etc) goodness knowsweiß der Himmel (inf); for goodness’ sakeum Himmels willen (inf); I wish to goodness I had never met himwenn ich ihm doch bloß nie begegnet wäre!; (my) goodness!meine Güte! (inf); goodness gracious or me!ach du liebe or meine Güte! (inf)

goodness

[ˈgʊdnɪs]
1. n (virtue, kindness) → bontà (d'animo); (good quality) → (buona) qualità f
2. excl (fam) (my) goodness!
goodness gracious! → santo cielo!, mamma mia!
for goodness' sake! → per amor del cielo!

good

(gud) comparative better (ˈbetə) : superlative best (best) adjective
1. well-behaved; not causing trouble etc. Be good!; She's a good baby.
2. correct, desirable etc. She was a good wife; good manners; good English.
3. of high quality. good food/literature; His singing is very good.
4. skilful; able to do something well. a good doctor; good at tennis; good with children.
5. kind. You've been very good to him; a good father.
6. helpful; beneficial. Exercise is good for you.; Cheese is good for you.
7. pleased, happy etc. I'm in a good mood today.
8. pleasant; enjoyable. to read a good book; Ice-cream is good to eat.
9. considerable; enough. a good salary; She talked a good deal of nonsense.
10. suitable. a good man for the job.
11. sound, fit. good health; good eyesight; a car in good condition.
12. sensible. Can you think of one good reason for doing that?
13. showing approval. We've had very good reports about you.
14. thorough. a good clean.
15. healthy or in a positive mood. I don't feel very good this morning.
noun
1. advantage or benefit. He worked for the good of the poor; for your own good; What's the good of a broken-down car?
2. goodness. I always try to see the good in people.
interjection
an expression of approval, gladness etc.
ˈgoodness noun
the state of being good.
interjection
(also my goodness) an expression of surprise etc.
goods noun plural
1. objects etc for sale, products. leather goods.
2. articles sent by rail, not road, sea or air. This station is for passengers and goods; (also adjective) a goods train/station.
ˈgoodyplural ˈgoodies noun
(usually in plural) any food (eg cake, ice-cream) which is particularly enjoyable to eat. the goodies at a children's party.
goodˈbye (-ˈbai) interjection, noun
an expression used when leaving someone. Goodbye – it was good of you to visit us; sad goodbyes.
good-day, good eveninggood morninggood-for-ˈnothing adjective, noun
(a person who is) useless or lazy. That boy's a lazy good-for-nothing (rascal).
good humour , (American) good humor
kindliness and cheerfulness.
good-ˈhumoured , (American) good-humored adjective
a good-humoured smile.
good-ˈhumouredly , (American) good-humoredly adverb
good-ˈlooking adjective
handsome; attractive. a good-looking girl; He is very good-looking.
good morning, good afternoon, good-ˈday, good evening, good night interjection, nouns
words used (depending on the time of day) when meeting or leaving someone. Good morning, Mrs Brown; Good night, everyone – I'm going to bed.
good-ˈnatured adjective
pleasant; not easily made angry. a good-natured fellow.
ˌgoodˈwill, good will noun
1. the good reputation and trade with customers that a business firm has. We are selling the goodwill along with the shop.
2. friendliness. He has always shown a good deal of goodwill towards us.
good works noun plural
acts of charity. He is known throughout the city for his good works.
as good as
almost. The job's as good as done.
be as good as one's word
to keep one's promises.
be up to no good
to be doing something wrong. I'm sure he's up to no good.
deliver the goods
to do what one has promised to do.
for good (sometimes for good and all)
permanently. He's not going to France for a holiday – he's going for good.
for goodness' sake
an expression of annoyance. For goodness' sake, will you stop that noise!
good for
1. certain to last. These houses are good for another hundred years at least.
2. certain to pay (a sum of money). He's good for $50.
3. certain to cause. That story is always good for a laugh.
good for you/him etc
an expression of approval. You've passed your exam – good for you!
Good Friday (ˌgud ˈfraidi) noun
the Friday before Easter commemorating the crucifixion of Christ.
good gracious, good heavens
expressions of surprise.
goodness gracious, goodness me
expressions of surprise.
good old
an expression used to show approval etc. Good old Fred! I knew he would help us out.
make good
1. to be successful. Through hard work and ability, he soon made good.
2. to repair or compensate for (loss, damages etc). The damage you caused to my car must be made good.
no good
useless; pointless. It's no good crying for help – no-one will hear you; This penknife is no good – the blades are blunt.
put in a good word for
to praise or recommend. Put in a good word for me when you see the boss.
take (something) in good part
not to be upset, offended or annoyed (eg by a joke, remark etc). John took the jokes about his accident with the pot of paint all in good part.
thank goodness
an expression used to show that a person is glad that something is all right. Thank goodness it isn't raining.
to the good
richer. After buying and selling some of these paintings, we finished up $500 to the good.
References in classic literature ?
Out burdens are here, our road is before us, and the longing for goodness and happiness is the guide that leads us through many troubles and mistakes to the peace which is a true Celestial City.
Perhaps we feel like that when we die and become a part of something entire, whether it is sun and air, or goodness and knowledge.
His cheerfulness was unbounded, and it was matched by his goodness of heart, his broad charity, and common sense.
If any such there be, and he will follow me from sun to sun, through the windings of the forest, he shall see enough to teach him that he is a fool, and that the greatest of his folly lies in striving to rise to the level of One he can never equal, be it in goodness, or be it in power.
May the same Almighty Goodness banish the accursed monster, war, from all lands, with her hated associates, rapine and insatiable ambition.
The daybeam--even what little of it finds its way into this always dusky parlor--seems part of the universal benediction, annulling evil, and rendering all goodness possible, and happiness attainable.
ye believers in gods all goodness, and in man all ill, lo you
I wish to goodness they would," said the butcher; "'twould save me a wonderful deal of harass, and I could suit my customers much better if I knew beforehand -- But there
So long he had hungered to possess her, but now that the time had come he knew that he had not earned the right; that she trusted him so was all her own simple goodness, and no virtue of his.
Now, Mammy has a sort of goodness," said Marie; "she's smooth and respectful, but she's selfish at heart.
It is not so important that many should be good as you, as that there be some absolute goodness somewhere; for that will leaven the whole lump.
Good lord, remember ye of your night's dream, and what the spirit of Sir Gawaine told you this night, yet God of his great goodness hath preserved you hitherto.