goodness

Definitions

  • "The peacock took all her play in good part."
    "The peacock took all her play in good part."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n goodness moral excellence or admirableness "there is much good to be found in people"
    • n 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"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"'It is good! very good!'" "'It is good! very good!'"
GOOD NEWS OF THE BOY GOOD NEWS OF THE BOY
Tim gazes at the goods in the confectioner's window Tim gazes at the goods in the confectioner's window
Good, very well. Apache Good, very well. Apache
A GOOD JOKE A GOOD JOKE
He Took the Lead for Good Old Rome 235 He Took the Lead for Good Old Rome 235
A good-appearin' woman A good-appearin' woman
"There is a good, wholesome-lookin' girl." "There is a good, wholesome-lookin' girl."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Blood is such a good stain that Native Americans used it for paint
    • n Goodness The quality of being good in any of its various senses; excellence; virtue; kindness; benevolence; as, the goodness of timber, of a soil, of food; goodness of character, of disposition, of conduct, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: An ant's sense of smell is as good as a Dog's.
    • n goodness The state or quality of being good, in any sense; excellence; purity; virtue; grace; benevolence.
    • n goodness In exclamatory use, a term of emphasis; “gracious”: as, my goodness! no; for goodness' sake, tell me what it is.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Have you ever questioned your sanity? You have good reason to. Did you know that one out of every four people has some sort of pychological 'problem'?
    • n Goodness virtue: excellence: benevolence: a term of emphasis, as in 'For goodness' sake;' 'Oh, goodness!'—n. and interj. Good′-night, a common salutation, a contraction of 'I wish you a good night.'—interj. Good′-now, an exclamation of wonder, surprise, or entreaty
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Quotations

  • H.G. Wells
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    “One of the darkest evils of our world is surely the unteachable wildness of the Good.”
  • John Jay Chapman
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    “Good government is the outcome of private virtue.”
  • H. R. Haweis
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    “All good government must begin at home.”
  • Baltasar Gracian
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    “Hope has a good memory, gratitude a bad one.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
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    “Whatever you are, be a good one.”
  • William Shakespeare
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    “He is not great who is not greatly good.”

Idioms

As good as new - If something has been used but is still in extremely good condition, it is as good as new.
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Deliver the goods - Do what is required, come up to expectations. For example, Kate delivered the goods and got us the five votes we needed. This phrase alludes to delivering an order of groceries or other items. [Colloquial; second half of 1800s]
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Give as good as you get - If you give as good as you get, you are prepared to treat people as badly as they treat you and to fight for what you believe.
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Good antennae - Someone with good antennae is good at detecting things.
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Good as gold - If children are as good as gold, they behave very well.
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Good egg - A person who can be relied on is a good egg. Bad egg is the opposite.
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Good fences make good neighbours - This means that it is better for people to mind their own business and to respect the privacy of others. ('Good fences make good neighbors' is the American English spelling.)
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Good hand - If you are a good hand at something, you do it well.
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Good offices - Good offices is help and support, especially in mediating in a dispute.
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Good Samaritan - A good Samaritan is a persoon wh helps others in need.
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Good shape - If something's in good shape, it's in good condition. If a person's in good shape, they are fit and healthy.
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Good spell - A spell can mean a fairly or relatively short period of time; you'll hear weather forecasts predict a dry spell. Sports commentators will say that a sportsperson is going through a good spell when they're performing consistently better than they normally do.
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Good time - If you make good time on a journey, you manage to travel faster than you expected.
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Good to go - Someone or something that meets one's approval. 'He is good to go.' 'The idea you had is good to go.'
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Good walls make good neighbours - Your relationship with your neighbours depends, among other things, on respecting one another's privacy.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. gōdnes,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. gód; closely akin to Dut. goed, Ger. gut, Ice. góðr, Goth. gods.

Usage

In literature:

Sometimes a well made wagon, a good team and a good man can sell from house to house in the country and city and make good returns.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
Good-night, my dear, good-night.
"A Crooked Path" by Mrs. Alexander
One of Mammy's good ash-roasted 'taters would be awful good right now wid some of dat good old home-made butter to go wid it.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
I jus' can't 'member half of dem good old songs 'cause my mem'ry ain't good as it used to be.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Good coffee is very well, but what is the use of good coffee if you have no time to drink it?
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
I felt that I did think good thoughts, and that I had good feelings, and that I both said and did good things.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
As the writer told her good-bye, she said, "Good-bye, and may the Lord bless you".
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
Dere is heap of good white folks now and dere is a heap of dem what ain't so good.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
He keeps good teams, and good plows, and good harrows, and good rollers, and good cultivators, and good grade Shorthorn cows.
"Talks on Manures" by Joseph Harris
In other cities a good pastor need not always be a good preacher.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
They were good layers, good setters and good mothers.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
If my verses be not good, they are good humored, and that is something.
"Letters of Edward FitzGerald in two volumes, Vol. 1" by Edward FitzGerald
There was never a woman who knew just how to make boys have a good time, like my mother.
"A Jolly Fellowship" by Frank R. Stockton
A good woman, a good wife, and a good mother.
"Jennie Gerhardt" by Theodore Dreiser
Distraining part of the goods for rent in arrear, in the name of the whole goods, will be deemed a lawful seizure.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
He behaved with that gay good humor, which grows out of united vanity and good fortune.
"The Shepherd of Salisbury Plain and Other Tales" by Hannah More
It commands a good price, and is a good apple for variety.
"The Apple" by Various
If children came, very good; if not, very good; marriage was permanent anyhow.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
Go out and bring in a good basket of wood, or you won't have any chicken potpie for supper.
"Helen Grant's Schooldays" by Amanda M. Douglas
Good advice comes from the steeple: So good-night to all good people!
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
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In poetry:

The moral of my ode is this:
beauty is twice beauty
and what is good is doubly good
when it is a matter of two socks
made of wool in winter.
"Ode to My Socks" by Pablo Neruda
Good cause I have still to be sad,
Good reason always to be glad.
Hence still my joys with sorrow meet,
And still my tears are bitter sweet.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
I have said, "Good-by!--Good-by!--Good-by!"
With my very best good will,
All through life from the first,--and I
Am a cheerful old man still:
"It's_Got_To Be" by James Whitcomb Riley
“O Lord, our Lord,
How great is Thy compassion. Come, good Lord,
For we will open. Come this night, good Lord;
Stand at the door and knock.
"Brothers, And A Sermon" by Jean Ingelow
For truth must live with truth, self-sacrifice
Seek out its great allies;
Good must find good by gravitation sure,
And love with love endure.
"Within The Gate" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"Come you hither, my nine good sonnes,
Gallant men I trowe you bee:
How many of you, my children deare,
Will stand by that good erle and mee?"
"The Rising In The North" by Anonymous British

In news:

Local Boy Makes Good, Goes Bad, Makes Good Again.
Technical difficulties prevented me from posting this Thursday when it was released, but it's one of those feel-good stories that's a good read any day.
The good news, and it's just barely good: Private employers added 83,000 jobs in June, and the unemployment rate fell to 9.5 percent, the lowest level in nearly a year.
"The Foreigner" is good — real good.
I love a dish with a good story behind it, and Mapo Tofu is a legendary dish from the Sichuan province in China that has a good one.
Maison Martinique offers good food, good times.
Mealworms are a good source of protein and serve as a good treat for birds.
Good metadata means good government.
Spreading the good word – make that, the good sound – that is Austin music.
But she looked good and sounded good and The Rock seemed to be surprised and almost emotional.
No matter its age, Groovefest gets going Sunday, bringing a day's worth of good music and — fingers crossed — good weather to Norman.
This sequence allows the filmmakers to do one of those things that TV can never deliver as well as the big screen : Blow stuff up good, real good.
All you need for a good night are a good car, good friends, good food, drinks and good music.
Good selection, friendly staff, good deals.
Athens — Sometimes it feels good to put politics aside, and just cheer for the good old USA.
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In science:

We begin with the proof of Proposition 3.13, which constructs a very good coordinate system ˇI for (X, f ) starting with a good coordinate system I for (X, f ), which exists by Proposition 3.12.
Kuranishi homology and Kuranishi cohomology
To prove the analogous ‘if ’ result for real ly good coordinate systems, we first construct a very good coordinate system ˇI with corners with ˇI |∂X = J as above, and then extend to really good ( ˇI , ˇη) with ( ˇI , ˇη)|∂X = (J , ζ ).
Kuranishi homology and Kuranishi cohomology
When (I , η) and ( ˜I , ˜η) are really good coordinate systems for (X, f ) and ( ˜X , ˜f ), where one of f : X → Y and ˜f : ˜X → Y is a strong submersion, we shall define a really good coordinate system (I , η) ×Y ( ˜I , ˜η) for the fibre product (X ×Y ˜X , πY ).
Kuranishi homology and Kuranishi cohomology
Since (I , η) and ( ˙I , ˙η) are both really Write ζ = (ζj : j ∈ J , ζ k good coordinate systems for (X, f ), one can show that (J , ζ ) is a real ly good coordinate system for (ZX,T , f ◦ π ).
Kuranishi homology and Kuranishi cohomology
Partition the indices i ≤ n into two sets, the good and the bad indices, as follows: Fix a large constant κ < ∞, and say that index i is good if |Si+1 + ξi | ≤ κ√i; say that i is bad otherwise.
Occupation Statistics of Critical Branching Random Walks in Two or Higher Dimensions
In trials where sub jects were asked to memorize and copy various sequences of length 21, Falk and Konold found that their difficulty predictor was a good correlator for the randomness rating that was given by the subject and concluded that it was a good measure of the sequence’s perceived randomness [FK].
Effective Generation of Subjectively Random Binary Sequences
Careful treatment ensures both a good ultra-violet behavior (singularity resolution) and a good infra-red behavior (agreement with general relativity at low curvatures) [3, 4].
Robustness of key features of loop quantum cosmology
A symmetric matrix Q is good if the graph G(Q) is good.
On the Rank of Random Sparse Matrices
Thus from the jammer’s perspective, causal information about x is as good as no knowledge, and full knowledge is as good as knowledge of the current input.
Rateless codes for AVC models
We will introduce a notion of “goodness” of nodes; whether or not a node v is good will depend only on the shape of the random walk from r to v .
Minima in branching random walks
The recombined state can, however, be far from the original state, if only a few paths are λ-good (or more precisely, if the share of the λ-good paths is small).
Sampling of min-entropy relative to quantum knowledge
This enables us to show the existence of at least one good codebook since at least some non-vanishing fraction of the randomly generated codebooks must be good in order to keep the expectation good.
The Case for Structured Random Codes in Network Capacity Theorems
An ingredient of the classical theory of automorphic forms that does not seem to have a good counterpart within CFT at the moment is a good analog of the scalar product on spaces of automorphic forms.
Nonrational conformal field theory
Note that if X is good then |{y : X ∪ {y} good}| = Ω(n).
Factors in random graphs
If moreover X is good, then Y is also good and not compact.
Definably complete and Baire structures and Pfaffian closure
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