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Antonyms for kindness
ˈkaɪnd nɪs

This page is about all possible antonyms and opposite words for the term kindness.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. kindness(noun)

    the quality of being warmhearted and considerate and humane and sympathetic

    Antonyms:
    unkindness

    Synonyms:
    benignity, forgivingness

  2. forgivingness, kindness(noun)

    tendency to be kind and forgiving

    Antonyms:
    unkindness

    Synonyms:
    forgivingness, benignity

  3. kindness, benignity(noun)

    a kind act

    Antonyms:
    unkindness

    Synonyms:
    graciousness, benignity, benignancy, forgivingness

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. kindness

    According to the etymology and original usage, beneficence is the doing well, benevolence the wishing or willing well to others; but benevolence has come to include beneficence, and to displace it. We should not now speak of benevolence which did not help, unless where there was no power to help; even then we should rather say good-will or sympathy. Charity, which originally meant the purest love for God and man (as in 1 Cor. xiii), is now almost universally applied to some form of almsgiving, and is much more limited in meaning than benevolence. Benignity suggests some occult power of blessing, such as was formerly ascribed to the stars; we may say a good man has an air of benignity. Kindness and tenderness are personal; benevolence and charity are general. Kindness extends to all sentient beings, whether men or animals, in prosperity or in distress. Tenderness especially goes out toward the young, feeble, and needy, or even to the dead. Humanity is so much kindness and tenderness toward man or beast as it would be inhuman not to have; we say of some act of care or kindness, "common humanity requires it." Generosity is self-forgetful kindness in disposition or action; it includes much besides giving; as, the generosity of forgiveness. Bounty applies to ample giving, which on a larger scale is expressed by munificence. Liberality indicates broad, genial kindly views, whether manifested in gifts or otherwise. We speak of the bounty of a generous host, the liberality or munificence of the founder of a college, or of the liberality of a theologian toward the holders of conflicting beliefs. Philanthropy applies to wide schemes for human welfare, often, but not always, involving large expenditures in charity or benevolence. Compare MERCY.

    Antonyms:
    barbarity, brutality, churlishness, greediness, harshness, ill-will, illiberality, inhumanity, malevolence, malignity, niggardliness, self-seeking, selfishness, stinginess, unkindness

    Synonyms:
    almsgiving, beneficence, benevolence, benignity, bounty, charity, generosity, good-will, humanity, kind-heartedness, kindliness, liberality, munificence, philanthropy, sympathy, unselfishness

    Preposition:
    Benevolence of, on the part of, or from the wealthy, to or toward the poor.

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. kindness(n)

    Synonyms:
    compassion, benignity, benevolence, kindliness, graciousness, clemency, compassionateness, favor, service, good turn

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How to use kindness in a sentence?

  1. Unknown:

    A friend is one to whom you can pour out the contents of your heart, chaff and grain alike. Knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.

  2. Paul. F. Meekin:

    I've always believed in education and in good teaching that is guided by truth. But after a lifetime of educational pursuit, I now ask, what is true education and who decides on what is good teaching? This search has taken me through the spiritual, the delusional, social, physical, the psychological, the philosophical -- and back again. And I have made the most important educational discovery of my career, the most important discovery of my whole life: It is only through kindness that any true lesson can be taught and that I'm only here to help my students find that kindness. They are all my education, they are all my good teaching, they are my truth, they are my kindness.

  3. Sarosh Ashraf Janjua:

    I think we are all just hanging on to something that makes us feel safe, somehow, for Americans, that something has become N95 masks and toilet paper. Trooper Schwartz' act of kindness became my something.

  4. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Life is a gift, so appreciate it. Love is abundant, so share it. Enthusiasm is infectious, so spread it. Kindness is divine, so embody it. Peace is the only way, so embrace it. The earth is your home, so take care of it. Life is for happiness, so enjoy it.

  5. EMEASOBA GEORGE:

    Every issue or matter has an option or rather you do have an option. Yes! you heard me right. You can choose either life or death, hard work or laziness, success or failure, riches or poverty, excellence or mediocrity, grace or disgrace, forgiveness or unforgivingness, righteousness or unrighteousness, covetousness or contentedness, morality or immorality, patience or impatience, fame or obscurity, peace or war, wisdom or foolishness, strength or weakness, knowledge or ignorance, understanding or misunderstanding, respect or disrespect, literacy or illiteracy, kindness or unkindness, unity or disunity, hopefulness or hopelessness, construction or destruction, salvation or damnation, encouragement or discouragement, greatness or commonness, fastness or dullness, hell or heaven, light or darkness, God or Satan, increase or decrease, appreciation or depreciation, gratitude or ingratitude, humility or pride, loyalty or disloyalty, gentleness or ungentleness, love or hatred, faithfulness or unfaithfulness, generosity or stinginess, fidelity or infidelity, honesty or dishonesty, courage or cowardice, happiness or unhappiness, compassion or cruelty, Godliness or ungodliness, justice or injustice. However, all of the above illustrations evidently shows that, you have the willpower to choose either the positive or the negative aspect of every issue or matter in life. As well, the world is in your oyster. That is to say, you are in a position to choose or enjoy a broad range of opportunities or options. But, I urge you as usual. Dare to choose the positive aspect of everything rather than the negative aspect of it. Even if/when you are in dilemma. ~Emeasoba George

How to pronounce kindness?

Alex
Alex
US English
Daniel
Daniel
British
Karen
Karen
Australian
Veena
Veena
Indian

How to say kindness in sign language?

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Words popularity by usage frequency

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#15279kindness
#27217brutality
#38769selfishness
#70255harshness
#74318inhumanity
#108868barbarity
#110925malevolence
#194788greediness
#197798malignity
#204820unkindness
#256159stinginess

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