goodness

  • 1 goodness — goodness, virtue, rectitude, morality are comparable and very general terms denoting moral excellence. Goodness is the broadest of these terms; it suggests an excellence so deeply established that it is often felt as inherent or innate rather… …

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  • 2 Goodness! — | ˌGoodness ˈme! | ˌMy ˈgoodness! | ˌGoodness ˈgracious! idiom (informal) used to express surprise • Goodness, what a big balloon! • My goodness, you have been busy! …

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  • 3 Goodness me! — Goodness! | ˌGoodness ˈme! | ˌMy ˈgoodness! | ˌGoodness ˈgracious! idiom (informal) used to express surprise • Goodness, what a big balloon! • My goodness, you have been busy! …

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  • 4 Goodness — Good ness, n. [AS. g[=o]dnes.] 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. [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 goodness — O.E. godnes goodness, virtue, kindliness; see GOOD (Cf. good) (adj.) + NESS (Cf. ness). In exclamations from 1610s, first recorded being for goodnesse sake, i.e. as you trust in the goodness of God …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 goodness — [good′nis] n. [ME goodnesse < OE godnes] 1. the state or quality of being good; specif., a) virtue; excellence b) kindness; generosity; benevolence 2. the best part, essence, or valuable element of a thing interj. used to express surprise or… …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 goodness — index benevolence (disposition to do good), decorum, ethics, good faith, honor (good reputation), integrity, merit …

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  • 8 goodness — [n] decency, excellence advantage, beneficence, benefit, benevolence, ethicality, friendliness, generosity, good will, grace, graciousness, honesty, honor, humaneness, integrity, kindheartedness, kindliness, kindness, mercy, merit, morality,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 9 goodness — ► NOUN 1) the quality of being good. 2) the nutritious element of food. ► EXCLAMATION ▪ (as a substitution for ‘God’) expressing surprise, anger, etc …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 goodness — good|ness S2 [ˈgudnıs] n [U] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1 my goodness!/goodness (gracious) me! 2 for goodness sake 3 goodness (only) knows 4¦(being good)¦ 5¦(best part)¦ 6 have the goodness to do something 7 out of the goodness of somebody s heart ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1.) …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 goodness — good|ness1 [ gudnəs ] interjection * used for showing that you are surprised: Goodness, is it time to go already? goodness me: Goodness me! You ve grown! goodness gracious (me): Goodness gracious me! What do you mean? my goodness (me): My… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 12 goodness — I UK [ˈɡʊdnəs] / US interjection ** used for showing that you are surprised Goodness, is it that time already? goodness me: Goodness me! You ve grown! goodness gracious (me): Goodness gracious me! What do you mean? my goodness (me): My goodness,… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 goodness — /ˈgʊdnəs / (say goodnuhs) noun 1. moral excellence; virtue. 2. kindly feeling; kindness; generosity. 3. excellence of quality: goodness of workmanship. 4. the best part of anything; essence; strength. 5. (used in various exclamatory or emphatic… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 14 goodness — /good nis/, n. 1. the state or quality of being good. 2. moral excellence; virtue. 3. kindly feeling; kindness; generosity. 4. excellence of quality: goodness of workmanship. 5. the best part of anything; essence; strength. 6. a euphemism for God …

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  • 15 goodness — [[t]g ʊdnəs[/t]] 1) EXCLAM (feelings) People sometimes say goodness or my goodness to express surprise. for goodness sake → see sake thank goodness → see thank Goodness, I wonder if he knows... My goodness, he s earned millions in his career. 2)… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 goodness — noun 1) she must have seen some goodness in him Syn: virtue, good, righteousness, morality, integrity, rectitude; honesty, truth, truthfulness, honor, probity; propriety, decency, respectability, nobility, worthiness, worth …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 17 Goodness — (Roget s Thesaurus) >Capability of producing good. Good qualities. < N PARAG:Goodness >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 goodness goodness &c. >Adj. Sgm: N 1 excellence excellence merit Sgm: N 1 virtue virtue &c. 944 Sgm: N 1 value value …

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  • 18 goodness — [ˈgʊdnəs] interjection I used for showing that you are surprised Goodness, is it that time already?[/ex] My goodness, you re so tall![/ex] • for goodness sake used for showing that you are annoyed, impatient, worried, or surprised[/ex] Sit down… …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 19 goodness — good•ness [[t]ˈgʊd nɪs[/t]] n. 1) the state or quality of being good 2) moral excellence; virtue 3) kindness; generosity 4) the best or most valuable part of anything; essence 5) a euphemism for God: Thank goodness![/ex] 6) (used in expressions… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 goodness — n. & int. n. 1 virtue; excellence, esp. moral. 2 kindness, generosity (had the goodness to wait). 3 what is good or beneficial in a thing (vegetables with all the goodness boiled out). int. (as a substitution for God ) expressing surprise, anger …

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