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"
moral excellence or admirableness
"there is much good to be found in people"
The state or characteristic of being good.
The good, nutritional, healthy part or content of something.
Thank goodness that the war is over!
The moral qualities which constitute Christian excellence; moral virtue.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
Virtue (Latin virtus, primarily manly strength or courage, from vir, a man, a hero) is, in its full sense, goodness that is victorious through trial, perhaps through temptation and conflict. Goodness, the being morally good, may be much less than virtue, as lacking the strength that comes from trial and conflict, or it may be very much more than virtue, as rising sublimely above the possibility of temptation and conflict — the infantile as contrasted with the divine goodness. Virtue is distinctively human; we do not predicate it of God. Morality is conformity to the moral law in action, whether in matters concerning ourselves or others, whether with or without right principle. Honesty and probity are used especially of one's relations to his fellow men, probity being to honesty much what virtue in some respects is to goodness; probity is honesty tried and proved, especially in those things that are beyond the reach of legal requirement; above the commercial sense, honesty may be applied to the highest truthfulness of the soul to and with itself and its Maker. Integrity, in the full sense, is moral wholeness without a flaw; when used, as it often is, of contracts and dealings, it has reference to inherent character and principle, and denotes much more than superficial or conventional honesty. Honor is a lofty honesty that scorns fraud or wrong as base and unworthy of itself. Honor rises far above thought of the motto that "honesty is the best policy." Purity is freedom from all admixture, especially of that which debases; it is chastity both of heart and life, but of the life because from the heart. Duty, the rendering of what is due to any person or in any relation, is, in this connection, the fulfilment of moral obligation. Rectitude and righteousness denote conformity to the standard of right, whether in heart or act; righteousness is used especially in the religious sense. Uprightness refers especially to conduct. Virtuousness is a quality of the soul or of action; in the latter sense it is the essence of virtuous action. Compare INNOCENT; JUSTICE; RELIGION.
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chastity, duty, excellence, faithfulness, honesty, honor, integrity, justice, morality, probity, purity, rectitude, righteousness, rightness, truth, uprightness, virtue, virtuousness, worth, worthiness
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,Henry Scoop Jackson of Washington state said: Others may seek to make America great again. I seek to make America good again. For in the last analysis, our claim to greatness will be found in our goodness.
Nothing that was worthy in the past departs no truth or goodness realized by man ever dies, or can die.
All good that you have done for the humanity, keep it like a secret; do your goodness in the shadow! Let one day others find this secret, preferably long after you have passed away!
It has been well said that you can never know too much, you can never be too wise, and you can never be too good. The more you know, the better you can understand the problems of today; and the wiser you are, the better use you can make of your own knowledge. But knowledge without goodness is dangerous, and without abundant knowledge, wisdom, and goodness- there is no hope for the world.
It became apparent early on that this run was about much more than epilepsy. Each and every day I come across stories about the goodness of humankind and/or overcoming adversity, i'm very lucky that for two years I've had complete seizure control.
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- bonesa, bondatCatalan, Valencian
- Güte, Integrität, Tugend, Herzensgüte, GütigkeitGerman
- hyvyys, hyväFinnish
- טוּב לֵבHebrew
- bonesa, bontatOccitan
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