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Related to kindest: on the contrary, so to say

kind 1

 (kīnd)
adj. kind·er, kind·est
1. Having or showing a friendly, generous, sympathetic, or warm-hearted nature.
2. Agreeable or beneficial: a dry climate kind to asthmatics.

[Middle English kinde, natural, kind, from Old English gecynde, natural; see genə- in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: kind1, kindly, kindhearted, benign, benevolent
These adjectives mean having or showing a tender, considerate, and helping nature. Kind and kindly are the least specific: thanked her for her kind letter; a kindly gentleman. Kindhearted especially suggests an innately kind disposition: a kindhearted teacher. Benign implies gentleness and mildness: benign intentions; a benign sovereign. Benevolent suggests charitableness and a desire to promote the welfare or happiness of others: a benevolent contributor.

kind 2

 (kīnd)
n.
1.
a. A group of individuals or instances sharing common traits; a category or sort: different kinds of furniture; a new kind of politics.
b. A doubtful or borderline member of a given category: fashioned a kind of shelter; a kind of bluish color.
2. Archaic
a. Underlying character as a determinant of the class to which a thing belongs; nature or essence.
b. The natural order or course of things; nature.
c. Manner or fashion.
3. Obsolete
a. Lineal ancestry or descent.
b. Lineal ancestors or descendants considered as a group.
Idioms:
all kinds of Informal
Plenty of; ample: We have all kinds of time to finish the job.
in kind
1. With produce or commodities rather than with money: pay in kind.
2. In the same manner or with an equivalent: returned the slight in kind.
kind of Informal
Rather; somewhat: I'm kind of hungry.
of a kind
Of the same kind; alike: My father and my uncle are two of a kind.

[Middle English, from Old English gecynd, race, offspring, kind; see genə- in Indo-European roots.]
Usage Note: The words kind, sort, and type can be troublesome when they are used with plural nouns and modifiers. Sentences like I hate these kind of movies may occur with some frequency but are awkward, and some would say, grammatically incorrect. The Usage Panel frowns upon these usages. In our 2005 survey, 81 percent rejected the use of kind with a plural modifier and plural noun in the sentence Those kind of buildings seem old-fashioned. Fully 88 percent of the Panel found unacceptable the use of kind with a singular modifier and plural noun and verb in That kind of buildings seem old fashioned. In these examples kind would presumably function as a determiner like number in A great number of people have crowded into the lobby. (Note that number here is singular, but the plural verb have agrees with the plural noun people, so number is not really the subject of the sentence). This problem can be avoided by making the phrase entirely singular (as in That kind of movie is always enjoyable) or by revising so that the noun is the plural subject (as in Movies of that kind are always enjoyable). Bear in mind that plural kinds often implies that the phrase refers to a number of different categories of things—more than one genre of movie, for example. Perhaps the best solution is to drop the kind phrase entirely (Those movies are always enjoyable) or to be specific (Those spy movies are always enjoyable).

kind

(kaɪnd)
adj
1. having a friendly or generous nature or attitude
2. helpful to others or to another: a kind deed.
3. considerate or humane
4. cordial; courteous (esp in the phrase kind regards)
5. pleasant; agreeable; mild: a kind climate.
6. informal beneficial or not harmful: a detergent that is kind to the hands.
7. archaic loving
[Old English gecynde natural, native; see kind2]

kind

(kaɪnd)
n
1. a class or group having characteristics in common; sort; type: two of a kind; what kind of creature?.
2. an instance or example of a class or group, esp a rudimentary one: heating of a kind.
3. essential nature or character: the difference is one of kind rather than degree.
4. archaic gender or sex
5. archaic nature; the natural order
6. in kind
a. (of payment) in goods or produce rather than in money
b. with something of the same sort: to return an insult in kind.
7. (adverb) somewhat; rather: kind of tired.
8. (sentence substitute) used to express reservation or qualified assent: I figured it out. Kind of.
[Old English gecynd nature; compare Old English cyn kin, Gothic kuni race, Old High German kikunt, Latin gens]
Usage: The mixture of plural and singular constructions, although often used informally with kind and sort, should be avoided in serious writing: children enjoy those kinds (not those kind) of stories; these sorts (not these sort) of distinctions are becoming blurred

kind1

(kaɪnd)

adj. -er, -est.
1. of a good or benevolent nature or disposition, as a person.
2. having, showing, or proceeding from benevolence: kind words.
3. considerate or helpful; humane (often fol. by to): to be kind to animals.
4. clement: kind weather.
[before 900; Middle English kind(e) natural, well-disposed, Old English gecynde natural]

kind2

(kaɪnd)

n.
1. a class or group of animals, people, objects, etc., classified on the basis of common traits; category.
2. nature or character: to differ in degree rather than kind.
3. an example of something; variety; sort.
4. a more or less adequate example of something: The vines formed a kind of roof.
5. Archaic.
a. natural disposition or character.
b. manner; form.
6. Obs. gender; sex.
Idioms:
1. in kind,
a. in the same way; with something of the same kind as that received.
b. in goods, commodities, or services rather than money: payment in kind.
2. kind of, Informal. to some extent; somewhat; rather: It's kind of dark.
3. of a kind, of the same class, nature, character, etc.: two of a kind.
[before 900; Middle English kinde, Old English gecynd nature, race, origin; c. Old High German kikunt, Old Norse kyndi, Latin gēns (genitive gentis); akin to kin]
usage: The phrase these (or those) kind of, followed by a plural noun (these kind of flowers; those kind of shoes) is frequently condemned as ungrammatical because it is said to combine a plural demonstrative (these; those) with a singular noun, kind. Historically, kind is an unchanged or unmarked plural noun like deer, folk, sheep, and swine, and the construction these kind of is an old one, occurring in the writings of Shakespeare, Swift, Jane Austen, and, in modern times, Winston Churchill and Jimmy Carter. kind has also developed the plural kinds, evidently because of the feeling that the old pattern was incorrect. these kind of nevertheless persists in use, esp. in less formal speech and writing. In edited, more formal prose, this kind of and these kinds of are more common. sort of has been influenced by the use of kind as an unchanged plural: these sort of books. This construction too is often considered incorrect and appears mainly in less formal speech and writing. kind (or sort) of as an adverbial modifier meaning “somewhat” occurs in informal speech and writing: Sales have been kind (or sort) of slow these last few weeks.

kind

You use kind to talk about a class of people or things. Kind is a countable noun. After words like all and many, you use kinds, not 'kind'.

It will give you an opportunity to meet all kinds of people.
The trees were filled with many kinds of birds.

After kinds of you can use either the plural or singular form of a noun. For example, you can say 'I like most kinds of cars' or 'I like most kinds of car'. The singular form is more formal.

People have been working hard to produce the kinds of courses that we need.
There will be two kinds of certificate.

After kind of you use the singular form of a noun.

I'm not the kind of person to get married.
She makes the same kind of point in another essay.

In conversation, these and those are often used with kind. For example, people say 'I don't like these kind of films' or 'I don't like those kind of films'. This use is generally thought to be incorrect, and it is best to avoid it. Instead you should say 'I don't like this kind of film' or 'I don't like that kind of film'.

There are problems with this kind of explanation.
How will we answer that kind of question?

In more formal English, you can also say 'I don't like films of this kind'.

This is the best way of interpreting data of this kind.

You can also use like this, like that, or like these after a noun. For example, instead of saying 'this kind of film', you can say 'films like this'.

I hope we see many more enterprises like this.
I'd read a few books like that.
Companies like these represent an important part of our economy.

Sort is used in a similar way to kind.

See sort

You can also use kind of to describe something in a vague or uncertain way.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kind - a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or qualitykind - a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality; "sculpture is a form of art"; "what kinds of desserts are there?"
category - a general concept that marks divisions or coordinations in a conceptual scheme
description - sort or variety; "every description of book was there"
type - a subdivision of a particular kind of thing; "what type of sculpture do you prefer?"
antitype - an opposite or contrasting type
art form - (architecture) a form of artistic expression (such as writing or painting or architecture)
style - a particular kind (as to appearance); "this style of shoe is in demand"
flavour, flavor - (physics) the six kinds of quarks
colour, color - (physics) the characteristic of quarks that determines their role in the strong interaction; "each flavor of quarks comes in three colors"
species - a specific kind of something; "a species of molecule"; "a species of villainy"
genus - a general kind of something; "ignore the genus communism"
make, brand - a recognizable kind; "there's a new brand of hero in the movies now"; "what make of car is that?"
genre - a kind of literary or artistic work
ilk, like - a kind of person; "We'll not see his like again"; "I can't tolerate people of his ilk"
manner - a kind; "what manner of man are you?"
model - a type of product; "his car was an old model"
stripe - a kind or category; "businessmen of every stripe joined in opposition to the proposal"
like, the like, the likes of - a similar kind; "dogs, foxes, and the like", "we don't want the likes of you around here"
Adj.1.kind - having or showing a tender and considerate and helpful nature; used especially of persons and their behavior; "kind to sick patients"; "a kind master"; "kind words showing understanding and sympathy"; "thanked her for her kind letter"
benignant, benign - pleasant and beneficial in nature or influence; "a benign smile"; "the benign sky"; "the benign influence of pure air"
considerate - showing concern for the rights and feelings of others; "friends considerate enough to leave us alone"
good-natured - having an easygoing and cheerful disposition; "too good-natured to resent a little criticism"; "the good-natured policeman on our block"; "the sounds of good-natured play"
soft - compassionate and kind; conciliatory; "he was soft on his children"
merciful - showing or giving mercy; "sought merciful treatment for the captives"; "a merciful god"
unkind - lacking kindness; "a thoughtless and unkind remark"; "the unkindest cut of all"
2.kind - agreeable, conducive to comfort; "a dry climate kind to asthmatics"; "the genial sunshine";"hot summer pavements are anything but kind to the feet"
hospitable - favorable to life and growth; "soil sufficiently hospitable for forest growth"; "a hospitable environment"
3.kind - tolerant and forgiving under provocationkind - tolerant and forgiving under provocation; "our neighbor was very kind about the window our son broke"
forgiving - inclined or able to forgive and show mercy; "a kindly forgiving nature"; "a forgiving embrace to the naughty child"

kind

1
noun
1. class, sort, type, variety, brand, grade, category, genre, classification, league They developed a new kind of film-making.
2. sort, set, type, ilk, family, race, species, breed, genus I hate Lewis and his kind just as much as you do.
3. nature, sort, type, manner, style, quality, character, make-up, habit, stamp, description, mould, essence, temperament, persuasion, calibre, disposition Donations came in from all kinds of people.
kind of (Informal) rather, quite, sort of (informal), a little, a bit, pretty (informal), fairly, relatively, somewhat, slightly, moderately, to some extent, to some degree It was kind of sad, really.
of a kind of a sort, of a type There is good news of a kind for the Prime Minister.

kind

2

kind 1

adjective
Characterized by kindness and concern for others:

kind 2

noun
A class that is defined by the common attribute or attributes possessed by all its members:
Informal: persuasion.
Translations
laskavýdruh
slagsvenligtypeartnatur
liiksorttõug
lajiystävällinenluokkamyötämielinenrotu
ljubazanvrsta
góîur, vingjarnlegurtegund, gerî
種類親切な
종류친절한
laipnsšķirnesugaveids
prijazenvrstaljubezniv
snällsort
ใจดีชนิด
loạitử tế

kind

[kaɪnd]
A. ADJ (kinder (compar) (kindest (superl))) [person] → amable, atento; [act, word, offer] → amable; [treatment] → bueno, cariñoso; [voice] → tierno, cariñoso
thank you for your kind offer of helpgracias por ofrecerte amablemente a ayudarnos; (more frm) → gracias por su amable oferta de ayuda
the kindest thing that can be said about the play is thatlo menos malo que se puede decir de la obra es que ...
he was kind enough to helptuvo la amabilidad de ayudar
would you be kind enough to or would you be so kind as to close the door? (frm) → ¿haría el favor de cerrar la puerta, por favor?, ¿tendría la bondad de cerrar la puerta, por favor? (frm)
to have a kind hearttener buen corazón
that's very kind of youes usted muy amable; (more frm) → es muy amable de su parte
it was very kind of you to pick us upfuiste muy amable viniéndonos a recoger; (more frm) → fue muy amable de su parte el venir a recogernos
she was very kind to mefue muy amable conmigo, se portó muy bien conmigo
life has been kind to mela vida me ha tratado bien
you must be kind to animalshay que tratar bien a los animales
a washing-up liquid that is kind to your handsun lavavajillas que no daña sus manos, un lavavajillas que es suave con sus manos
B. N
1. (= type) → clase f, tipo m
which kind do you prefer?¿qué tipo prefieres?
I prefer the kind with handlesprefiero los que tienen asas
she hated Lewis and his kindodiaba a Lewis y a la gente como él
many kinds of books/carsmuchos tipos de libros/coches
people of all kindsgente f de todas clases, gente f de todo tipo
all kinds of thingstoda clase de cosas
it can fail for all kinds of reasonspuede fallar por todo tipo de razones
a kind of lizardun tipo de lagarto
she's the kind (of person) thatella es de las que ...
what kind of person do you take me for?¿por quién me tomas?
what kind of an answer is that?; what kind of an answer do you call that?¿qué clase de respuesta es ésa?
I had a kind of feeling that would happentuve el presentimiento de que ocurriría así
you know the kind of thing I meanya sabes a lo que me refiero
it's not his kind of film/thingno es el tipo de película/cosa que (a él) le gusta
he's not her kind of manno es su tipo de hombre
it was tea of a kind (pej) → se supone que era té (pej)
three/four of a kind (in card games) → tres/cuatro del mismo palo
they're two of a kindson tal para cual
she's a very unusual woman, one of a kindes una mujer muy poco corriente, única
it's the only one of its kindes único (en su género)
the castle is the largest of its kindel castillo es el más grande de los de su estilo
something of the kindalgo por el estilo
nothing of the kind!¡nada de eso!, ¡ni hablar!
she never said anything of the kindnunca dijo nada parecido
2.
in kind payment in kindpago m en especie
to repay sth in kind [+ cruelty, ingratitude etc] → pagar algo con la misma moneda
we repaid her generosity in kindrespondimos con nuestra generosidad a la suya
3.
kind of (= rather) → algo
we're kind of busy right nowahora mismo estamos algo ocupados
I kind of felt it might happentenía el presentimiento de que iba a suceder
it's kind of awkward at the momentahora mismo me va mal, ahora no es el mejor momento
it was kind of sad, reallyera un poco triste, la verdad
she was kind of cutetenía cierto atractivo

kind

[ˈkaɪnd]
adj
[person] → gentil(le), aimable
Thank you for being so kind
BUT Merci pour votre gentillesse.
to be kind to somebody → être gentil avec quelqu'un
that's very kind of you → c'est très aimable à vous
It was kind of them to help → C'était gentil de leur part d'aider.
would you be kind enough to ...? → auriez-vous la gentillesse de ...?, seriez-vous assez aimable pour ...?
would you be so kind as to ...? → auriez-vous la gentillesse de ...?, seriez-vous assez aimable pour ...?
[smile, voice] → plein(e) de bonté; [deed, thought] → bon(ne)
n
(= type) → sorte f, genre m
It's a kind of sausage → C'est une sorte de saucisse., C'est un genre de saucisse
that kind of thing → ce genre de chose
what kind of ...? → quel genre de ...?, quelle sorte de ...?
all kinds of ... → toutes sortes de ...
of all kinds → de toutes sortes
a kind of
He's a kind of explorer → C'est une sorte d'explorateur., C'est un genre d'explorateur.
a new kind of → un nouveau genre de, une nouvelle sorte de
of a new kind → d'un nouveau genre
of an entirely new kind → d'un genre entièrement nouveau
to be two of a kind (= very similar)
They're two of a kind → À eux deux, ils font la paire.
to be one of a kind (= unique) → être unique en son genre, ne pas avoir son pareil
to respond in kind (= in similar fashion) → répondre pareillement
to repay sb in kind → rendre la pareille à qn
to be paid in kind (with goods, services)être payé en nature
kind of adv (= in a way)
She's kind of cute → Elle est jolie à sa manière.

kind

1
n
(= class, variety, nature)Art f; (of coffee, sugar, paint etc)Sorte f; they differ in kindsie sind verschiedenartig; several kinds of flourmehrere Mehlsorten; this kind of bookdiese Art Buch; all kinds of …alle möglichen; what kind of …?was für ein(e) …?; what kind of people does he think we are?für wen hält er uns denn?; the only one of its kinddas Einzige seiner Art; a funny kind of nameein komischer Name; he is not the kind of man to refuseer ist nicht der Typ, der Nein or nein sagt; he’s not that kind of personso ist er nicht; I’m not that kind of girlso eine bin ich nicht; they’re two of a kinddie beiden sind vom gleichen Typ or von der gleichen Art; (people) → sie sind vom gleichen Schlag; she’s one of a kindsie ist wirklich einzigartig, jemanden wie sie gibt es nur einmal; I know your kinddeinen Typ kenne ich; your kind never do any goodLeute Ihres Schlags or Leute wie Sie sind für nichts gut; this kind of thingso etwas; you know the kind of thing I meanSie wissen, was ich meine; … of all kindsalle möglichen; something of the kindso etwas Ähnliches; nothing of the kindnichts dergleichen; you’ll do nothing of the kinddu wirst dich schwer hüten, du wirst das schön bleiben lassen!; it was beef of a kind (pej)es war Rindfleisch oder so was Ähnliches (inf); it’s not my kind of holidaysolche Ferien sind nicht mein Fall (inf)or nach meinem Geschmack; she’s my kind of womansie ist mein Typ
a kind of …eine Art …, so ein(e) …; a kind of boxso (etwas wie) eine Schachtel, eine Art Schachtel; in a kind of way I’m disappointed (inf)ich bin irgendwie enttäuscht; he was kind of worried-looking (inf)er sah irgendwie bedrückt aus; I kind of thought that he … (inf) (and he didn’t) → ich habe eigentlich gedacht, dass er …; (and he did) → ich habe es mir beinahe gedacht, dass er …; are you nervous? — kind of (inf)bist du nervös? — ja, schon (inf)
(= goods, as opposed to money)Naturalien pl, → Ware f; payment in kindBezahlung fin Naturalien; I shall pay you back in kind (fig)ich werde es Ihnen in gleicher Münze heimzahlen; the police responded in kinddie Polizei reagierte, indem sie das Gleiche tat

kind

2
adj (+er)
(= caring) personliebenswürdig, nett, freundlich (to zu); voice, smile, facefreundlich; he’s kind to animalser ist gut zu Tieren; the kindest thing to do would be to shoot the wounded animaldas Humanste wäre, das verletzte Tier zu erschießen; would you be kind enough to open the doorwären Sie (vielleicht) so nett or freundlich or lieb, die Tür zu öffnen; he was so kind as to show me the wayer war so nett or freundlich or lieb und zeigte mir den Weg; it was very kind of you to help mees war wirklich nett or lieb von Ihnen, mir zu helfen; you’re too kind! (also iro)Sie sind zu liebenswürdig!
(= charitable) description, wordsfreundlich; (= flattering) description, photograph, lightingschmeichelhaft; this dress is kind to the figuredieses Kleid schmeichelt der Figur (dat)
(= gentle) to be kind to your hands/skinsanft zu den Händen/zur Haut sein; the years have been kind to herdie Jahre sind fast spurlos an ihr vorübergegangen

kind

[kaɪnd]
1. n (species) → sorta, specie f, genere m
all kinds of things → ogni genere di cose
some kind of fish → qualche tipo di pesce
he's not the kind of person to ... → non è il tipo da...
what kind of an answer is that?, what kind of an answer do you call that? → che razza di risposta è questa?
what kind of person do you take me for? → per chi mi prendi?
I had a kind of feeling that would happen → avevo come il presentimento che sarebbe successo
you know the kind of thing I mean → sai cosa intendo or voglio dire
something of the kind → qualcosa del genere
nothing of the kind! → niente affatto!
it's not his kind of film → non è il tipo or genere di film che piace a lui, non è il suo genere di film
they're two of a kind (pej) → sono della stessa pasta
it's the only one of its kind → è l'unico nel suo genere
it was tea of a kind (pej) → era una sottospecie di tè
I kind of thought this would happen (fam) → quasi me l'aspettavo
she looked kind of worried (fam) → sembrava come preoccupata
payment in kind → pagamento in natura
to repay sb in kind (after good deed) → ricambiare la cortesia a qn (after bad deed) → ripagare qn con la stessa moneta
2. adj (-er (comp) (-est (superl))) → gentile, buono/a
to be kind to sb → essere gentile con qn
would you be kind enough to ...? → sarebbe così gentile da...?
would you be so kind as to ...? → le spiacerebbe...?
it's very kind of you (to do ...) → è molto gentile da parte sua (fare...)
thank you for your kind assistance (frm) → la ringrazio per il gentile aiuto

kind1

(kaind) noun
a sort or type. What kind of car is it?; He is not the kind of man who would be cruel to children.

kind2

(kaind) adjective
ready or anxious to do good to others; friendly. He's such a kind man; It was very kind of you to look after the children yesterday.
ˈkindly adverb
1. in a kind manner. She kindly lent me a handkerchief.
2. please. Would you kindly stop talking!
adjective
having or showing a gentle and friendly nature. a kindly smile; a kindly old lady.
ˈkindliness noun
ˈkindness noun
the quality of being kind. I'll never forget her kindness; Thank you for all your kindness.
ˌkind-ˈhearted adjective
having or showing kindness. She is too kind-hearted to hurt an animal.

kind

حَنُونٌ, نَوْعٌ druh, laskavý slags, venlig Art, liebenswürdig είδος, ευγενικός amable, especie laji, ystävällinen gentil, sorte ljubazan, vrsta gentile, tipo 種類, 親切な 종류, 친절한 aardig, soort slag, snill rodzaj, uprzejmy amável, tipo вид, добрый snäll, sort ใจดี, ชนิด iyi kalpli, tür loại, tử tế 仁慈的, 种类

kind

n. clase, tipo;
adv.
___bondadosamente;
a. bondadoso-a;
to be so ___ as totener la bondad de.

kind

adj amable
References in classic literature ?
A universal favorite, thanks to money, manners, much talent, and the kindest heart that ever got its owner into scrapes by trying to get other people out of them, he stood in great danger of being spoiled, and probably would have been, like many another promising boy, if he had not possessed a talisman against evil in the memory of the kind old man who was bound up in his success, the motherly friend who watched over him as if he were her son, and last, but not least by any means, the knowledge that four innocent girls loved, admired, and believed in him with all their hearts.
Sombre as it was, it put on the kindest of its moods to welcome her.
So long as the law considers all these human beings, with beating hearts and living affections, only as so many things belonging to a master,--so long as the failure, or misfortune, or imprudence, or death of the kindest owner, may cause them any day to exchange a life of kind protection and indulgence for one of hopeless misery and toil,--so long it is impossible to make anything beautiful or desirable in the best regulated administration of slavery.
My new mistress proved to be all she appeared when I first met her at the door,--a woman of the kindest heart and finest feelings.
When thus gentle, Bessie seemed to me the best, prettiest, kindest being in the world; and I wished most intensely that she would always be so pleasant and amiable, and never push me about, or scold, or task me unreasonably, as she was too often wont to do.
Linton lavished on her the kindest caresses, and tried to cheer her by the fondest words; but, vaguely regarding the flowers, she let the tears collect on her lashes and stream down her cheeks unheeding.
In the meantime, all persons concerned had her full forgiveness, to which she would only beg leave to add her best and kindest wishes for the success of the play.
Wickfield, and that I should want for nothing, and gave me the kindest words and the best advice.
He was the kindest of nurses, and at stated times took off the bandages, and steeped them in the cooling liquid that was kept ready, and put them on again, with a patient tenderness that I was deeply grateful for.
This did not prevent the king from being as complacent to him as possible whenever he met him, or from asking in the kindest tone, "Well, Monsieur Cardinal, how fares it with that poor Jussac and that poor Bernajoux of yours?
Nevertheless, had Caderousse but retained his post a few minutes longer, he might have caught a dim outline of something approaching from the direction of Bellegarde; as the moving object drew nearer, he would easily have perceived that it consisted of a man and horse, between whom the kindest and most amiable understanding appeared to exist.
With the kindest concern he came on to Longbourn, and broke his apprehensions to us in a manner most creditable to his heart.