Kindness
Kindness Kind"ness, n. [From {Kind}. a.] 1. The state or quality of being kind, in any of its various senses; manifestation of kind feeling or disposition beneficence. [1913 Webster]

I do fear thy nature; It is too full o' the milk of human kindness To catch the nearest way. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Unremembered acts Of kindness and of love. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]

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

Syn: Good will; benignity; grace; tenderness; compassion; humanity; clemency; mildness; gentleness; goodness; generosity; beneficence; favor. [1913 Webster]


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