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1. The quality or state of being kind.
2. An instance of kind behavior: Your kindnesses won't be forgotten.


1. the practice or quality of being kind
2. a kind, considerate, or helpful act


(ˈkaɪnd nɪs)

1. the state or quality of being kind.
2. a kind act; favor.
3. kind behavior.
4. friendly feeling; liking.




  1. (You’re) as good as an umbrella on a wet day —H. E. Bates
  2. As kind as Santa Claus —Oscar Hammerstein II, from lyric for South Pacific
  3. As much compassion as a toreador moving in for the final thrust —Marilyn Sharp
  4. As occupied with worthy projects as Eleanor Roosevelt —Lisa Harris
  5. Doing a favor for a bad man is quite as dangerous as doing an injury to a good one —Plautus
  6. Exuding good will like a mortician’s convention in a plague year —Daniel Berrigan
  7. Gifts are as the gold which adorns the temple; grace is like the temple that sanctifies the gold —William Burkitt
  8. Gifts are like fish hooks —Epigram, c. 65 b.c.
  9. Gifts are like hooks —Martial
  10. As good as gold —Charles Dickens

    A simile that’s become a common expression. In A Christmas Carol, its most frequently quoted source, it’s a response to the question “And how was Tiny Tim today?” In The Gondoliers, W. S. Gilbert gave it a nice twist with “In the wonder-working days of old, when hearts were twice as good as gold’. In Joseph Heller’s novel Good As Gold it serves as a play on the hero’s name (Bruce Gold).

  11. (He’ll be) good as pie —Ring Lardner
  12. A good heart … a heart like a house —Irwin Shaw
  13. The good is, like nature, an immense landscape in which man advances through centuries of exploration —José Ortega Gassett
  14. Good to the core like bananas —Marge Piercy
  15. Good will … is like gentle sunshine in early spring. It invigorates and awakens all buds —Berthold Auerbach
  16. Great minds, like heaven, are pleased in doing good, though the ungrateful subjects of their favors are barren in return —Nicholas Rowe
  17. A hand as liberal as the light of day —William Cowper
  18. A heart as big as a bird cage —James B. Hall
  19. A heart as big as a mountain —Anon
  20. Heart … as great as the world —Ralph Waldo Emerson

    In Emerson’s essay, Greatness, the simile continues with “But there was no room in it to hold the memory of a wrong.”

  21. A heart as warm as a desert storm —Ogden Nash
  22. A heart like duck soup —Jean Garrigue

    In his short story, The Snowfall, Garrigue elaborates on the duck soup comparison as follows: “She’s the kind to want to stop a car if she hears some animal crying in the woods.”

  23. A heart like warm putty —Mary Stewart
  24. Heart … soft as any melon —Franklin Pierce
  25. He gives up a buck as quickly as he would a tattoo —Anon
  26. A helping word to one in trouble is often like a switch on a railroad track … an inch between wreck and smooth-rolling prosperity —Henry Ward Beecher
  27. He was like Florence Nightingale —Tennessee Williams, Playboy, April, 1973

    Williams used the Florence Nightingale simile to descibe his agent’s devotion when he was ill.

  28. (My mother is) soft as a grape —Rita Mae Brown
  29. Kindness as large as a prairie wind —Stephen Vincent Benet
  30. Kindness is like a baby; it grows fast —Anon
  31. Kindness is like snow; it beautifies everything it covers —Anon caller on night-time radio talk show
  32. Kindness, like grain, increases by sowing —H. G. Bohn’s Handbook of Proverbs
  33. A kind word is like a Spring day —Russian proverb
  34. Made the Good Samaritan look like a cheap criminal —George Ade
  35. Mercy among the virtues is like the moon among the stars, not so sparkling and vivid as many, but dispensing a calm radiance that hallows the whole —E. H. Chapin
  36. (My mother was as) mild as any saint —Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  37. My bounty is as boundless as the sea —William Shakespeare
  38. Our bounty, like a drop of water, disappears when diffused too widely —Oliver Goldsmith
  39. The place of charity, like that of God, is everywhere —Jaques Benigne Bossuet
  40. (She was unsparing of herself, she) poured herself out like cream (into the cups of these dull people) —Sumner Locke Elliott
  41. The record of a generous life runs like a vine around the memory of our dead —Robert G. Ingersoll
  42. Shone [with kindness] like the best of good deeds —Frank Swinnerton
  43. Solicitious as St. Peter —Norman Mailer, about David Susskind
  44. A sympathetic heart is like a spring of pure water bursting forth from the mountain side —Anon
  45. To do a kindness to a bad man is like sowing our seed in the sea —Phocylides
  46. Unselfish as the wind —Ken Kesey
  47. We are never like angels till our passion dies —Thomas Dekker

    ‘Never’ is modernized from ‘ne’er.’

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kindness - the quality of being warmhearted and considerate and humane and sympathetickindness - the quality of being warmhearted and considerate and humane and sympathetic
generosity, generousness - the trait of being willing to give your money or time
benevolence - an inclination to do kind or charitable acts
loving-kindness - tender kindness motivated by a feeling of affection
considerateness, thoughtfulness, consideration - kind and considerate regard for others; "he showed no consideration for her feelings"
good, goodness - moral excellence or admirableness; "there is much good to be found in people"
unkindness - lack of sympathy
2.kindness - tendency to be kind and forgiving
mercifulness, mercy - a disposition to be kind and forgiving; "in those days a wife had to depend on the mercifulness of her husband"
3.kindness - a kind actkindness - a kind act        
action - something done (usually as opposed to something said); "there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions"
benefaction, benevolence - an act intending or showing kindness and good will
cupboard love - a show of affection motivated by selfishness
favor, favour - an act of gracious kindness
pardon, forgiveness - the act of excusing a mistake or offense
endearment - the act of showing affection
thoughtfulness, consideration - a considerate and thoughtful act


2. good deed, help, service, aid, favour, assistance, bounty, benefaction It would be a kindness to leave her alone.
"Kindness effects more than severity" [Aesop Fables: The Wind and the Sun]
"True kindness presupposes the faculty of imagining as one's own the suffering and joys of others" [André Gide Portraits and Aphorisms]
"That best portion of a good man's life,"
"His little, nameless, unremembered acts"
"Of kindness and of love" [William Wordsworth Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey]
"Yet I do fear thy nature;"
"It is too full o' the milk of human kindness"
"To catch the nearest way" [William Shakespeare Macbeth]


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[ˈkaɪndnɪs] N
1. (= thoughtfulness) → amabilidad f
he was kindness itselfera la bondad personificada
they treated him with every kindnesslo trataron con todo género de atenciones
out of the kindness of her heartpor pura amabilidad
we were touched by her kindness to or towards ussu amabilidad para con nosotros nos enterneció or nos emocionó
2. (= favour) → favor m
it would be a kindness to tell himdecírselo sería un favor
to do sb a kindnesshacer un favor a algn


[ˈkaɪndnəs] nbonté f, gentillesse f
I appreciate your kindness → Votre gentillesse me touche.
She thanked them both many times for all their kindnesses → Elle les remercia tous deux de nombreuses fois pour toutes leurs gentillesses.


no plFreundlichkeit f(towards gegenüber), Liebenswürdigkeit f(towards gegenüber); (= goodness of heart)Güte f(towards gegenüber); thank you very much for all your kindnessvielen Dank, dass Sie so freundlich or liebenswürdig waren; to treat somebody with kindness, to show somebody kindnessfreundlich or liebenswürdig zu jdm sein; out of the kindness of one’s heartaus reiner Nächstenliebe; would you have the kindness to …?hätten Sie die Freundlichkeit or Güte, zu …?
(= act of kindness)Gefälligkeit f, → Aufmerksamkeit f; to do somebody a kindnessjdm eine Gefälligkeit erweisen; it would be a kindness to tell himman würde ihm einen Gefallen tun, wenn man es ihm sagen würde; thank you for all your many kindnessesvielen Dank für alles, was Sie für mich getan haben


[ˈkaɪndnɪs] n (towards sb) → gentilezza, bontà; (act) → gentilezza
out of the kindness of her heart → per bontà d'animo
to do sb a kindness → fare una cortesia or una gentilezza a qn


(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!
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.


لَطِيفٌ laskavost venlighed Liebenswürdigkeit καλοσύνη amabilidad ystävällisyys gentillesse dobrota cortesia 親切 친절 vriendelijkheid vennlighet uprzejmość gentileza доброта vänlighet ความเมตตากรุณา iyi yüreklilik sự tử tế 好意


n. bondad.
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But in their kindness Meg saw only pity for her poverty, and her heart felt very heavy as she stood by herself, while the others laughed, chattered, and flew about like gauzy butterflies.
He had come to thank us for the presents, and for all grandmother's kindness to his family.
They seemed never before to have weighed much against the abundance of her husband's kindness and a uniform devotion which had come to be tacit and self-understood.
Friend," he added, thrusting forth his lean, delicate hand toward Hawkeye, in kindness, while his eyes twinkled and grew moist, "I thank thee that the hairs of my head still grow where they were first rooted by Providence; for, though those of other men may be more glossy and curling, I have ever found mine own well suited to the brain they shelter.
Unless people are more than commonly disagreeable, it is my foolish habit to contract a kindness for them.
It brought out again all her compassion for me, and at the renewed touch of her kindness my power to resist broke down.
I'll try a pagan friend, thought I, since Christian kindness has proved but hollow courtesy.
Come; let us squeeze hands all round; nay, let us all squeeze ourselves into each other; let us squeeze ourselves universally into the very milk and sperm of kindness.
Of what help was kindness and decency on the part of employers--when they could not keep a job for him, when there were more harvesting machines made than the world was able to buy
Now, a nigger, you see, what's got to be hacked and tumbled round the world, and sold to Tom, and Dick, and the Lord knows who, 'tan't no kindness to be givin' on him notions and expectations, and bringin' on him up too well, for the rough and tumble comes all the harder on him arter.
This may seem to be harsh and stubborn and unconcilliatory; but it is to treat with the utmost kindness and consideration the only spirit that can appreciate or deserves it.
You will be under the care of a motherly good sort of woman, of whose kindness to you I can have no doubt.