• WordNet 3.6
    • n kindliness friendliness evidence by a kindly and helpful disposition
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Kindliness Natural inclination; natural course.
    • Kindliness Softness; mildness; propitiousness; as, kindliness of weather, or of a season. "Fruits and corn are much advanced by temper of the air and kindliness of seasons."
    • Kindliness The quality or state of being kindly; benignity; benevolence; gentleness; tenderness; as, kindliness of disposition, of treatment, or of words. "In kind a father, but not in kindliness ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n kindliness The quality of being kindly; inclination to be kind; natural affection; benevolence.
    • n kindliness Synonyms Benignity, humanity, sympathy, kind-heartedness, fellow-feeling.
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  • Rupert Brooke
    Rupert Brooke
    “The cool kindliness of sheets, that soon smooth away trouble; and the rough male kiss of blankets.”
  • Rupert Brooke
    Rupert Brooke
    “Infinite hungers leap no more I in the chance swaying of your dress; and love has changed to kindliness.”
  • Virginia Woolf
    “Where the Mind is biggest, the Heart, the Senses, Magnanimity, Charity, Tolerance, Kindliness, and the rest of them scarcely have room to breathe.”


In literature:

They breathe forth a great kindliness and homeliness, and one could fill pages with quotations.
"Christmas in Ritual and Tradition, Christian and Pagan" by Clement A. Miles
Selfishness shines out nakedly and kindliness is seen clearer than in routine peace days.
"Golden Lads" by Arthur Gleason and Helen Hayes Gleason
But their friendliness is charming; their courtesy and kindliness is a constant delight to the traveller.
"An Australian in China" by George Ernest Morrison
Yet there was in Mr. Duncan's manner a certain kindliness, a certain appeal of sincere personality, that disarmed suspicion.
"The Cow Puncher" by Robert J. C. Stead
Antoine greeted me with that air of lofty condescension tempered with a sincere kindliness that had made him a prince among head waiters.
"Lady Larkspur" by Meredith Nicholson
There was a kindliness about him which relieved Ken, yet there was also a hard scrutiny that was embarrassing.
"The Young Pitcher" by Zane Grey
However, being accustomed to treat every one with kindliness, she asked him gravely whom he wished to see.
"The Outdoor Girls in the Saddle" by Laura Lee Hope
I never saw him but with a smile of infinite kindliness on his face, and I saw him very often.
"The Leicestershires beyond Baghdad" by Edward John Thompson
The irrepressible exuberance of Rousseau's kindliness overflowed from his novels and essays into a great stream of fashionable sensibility.
"The French Revolution" by R. M. Johnston
Cheerfulness, self-control, kindliness and optimism are great aids in promoting health.
"Born Again" by Alfred Lawson

In poetry:

And her heart is very tender,
Full of love and kindliness,
Yearning evermore to render
Goodness fuller, error less.
"Sorrow" by Walter Richard Cassels
"Obeisance low I made, for I am feeble,
Thy kindliness responds to all who yearn.
Come back, dear Lord, whose name is linked with pardon,
No other saviour Israel can discern,
Unto his myriad families return!"
"Duologue" by Shlomo ibn Gabirol
No defiance is on our lips,
Nothing but kindliness greets you here;
Still, in the storm our dolphin ships
Round the Eddystone dart and steer;
And on shore, no doubt, no doubt,
Our rifles are ready — Look out!
"Defence Not Defiance (A Rifle Song)" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
My friendly little garden! few worldly goods have I
To tender with o'erflowing heart in blessed charity,
But, like the cup of water by a pure disciple given,
An herb or flower may tell its tale of kindliness in heaven.
"My Garden" by Caroline Howard Gilman
For I that rule in measure moderate The tempest of that stormie passion,
And vse to paint in rimes the troublous state
Of Louers life in likest fashion,
Am put from practise of my kindlie skill,
Banisht by those that Loue with leawdnes fill.
"The Teares of the Muses" by Edmund Spenser
Grace Darling was a comely lass, with long, fair floating hair,
With soft blue eyes, and shy, and modest rare;
And her countenance was full of sense and genuine kindliness,
With a noble heart, and ready to help suffering creatures in distress.
"Grace Darling or "The Wreck of the Forfarshire"" by William Topaz McGonagall