Kindliest
Kindly Kind"ly (k[imac]nd"l[y^]), a. [Compar. {Kindlier} (k[imac]nd"l[i^]*[~e]r); superl. {Kindliest}.] [AS. cyndelic. See {Kind}, n. ] [1913 Webster] 1. According to the kind or nature; natural. [R.] [1913 Webster]

The kindly fruits of the earth. --Book of Com. Prayer. [1913 Webster]

An herd of bulls whom kindly rage doth sting. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

Whatsoever as the Son of God he may do, it is kindly for Him as the Son of Man to save the sons of men. --L. Andrews. [1913 Webster]

2. Humane; congenial; sympathetic; hence, disposed to do good to; benevolent; gracious; kind; helpful; as, kindly affections, words, acts, etc. [1913 Webster]

The shade by which my life was crossed, . . . Has made me kindly with my kind. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

3. Favorable; mild; gentle; auspicious; beneficent. [1913 Webster]

In soft silence shed the kindly shower. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

Should e'er a kindlier time ensue. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]

Note: ``Nothing ethical was connoted in kindly once: it was simply the adjective of kind. But it is God's ordinance that kind should be kindly, in our modern sense of the word as well; and thus the word has attained this meaning.'' --Trench. [1913 Webster]


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