Definition of Goodness

1. Noun. That which is pleasing or valuable or useful. "Among the highest goods of all are happiness and self-realization"

Exact synonyms: Good
Generic synonyms: Quality
Specialized synonyms: Worthiness, Desirability, Desirableness, Benefit, Welfare, Better, Better, Optimum, Soundness, Wisdom, Wiseness
Antonyms: Bad, Badness
Derivative terms: Good, Good, Good, Good, Good

2. Noun. Moral excellence or admirableness. "There is much good to be found in people"
Exact synonyms: Good
Specialized synonyms: Kindness, Beneficence, Benignancy, Benignity, Graciousness, Moral Excellence, Virtue, Virtuousness, Virtue, Saintliness, Summum Bonum
Generic synonyms: Morality
Attributes: Good
Antonyms: Evil, Evilness
Derivative terms: Good, Good, Good

Definition of Goodness

1. n. 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.

Definition of Goodness

1. Noun. The state or characteristic of being good. ¹

2. Noun. The good, nutritional, healthy part or content of something. ¹

3. Noun. (uncountable euphemistic) God. ¹

4. Noun. (Christianity) The moral qualities which constitute Christian excellence; moral virtue. ¹

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Definition of Goodness

1. the state of being good [n -ES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Goodness

goodness (current term)
goodness gracious
goodness gracious me
goodness me
goodness of fit
goodness of fit test
goodnight Irene
goodnight Vienna
goodpasture syndrome

Literary usage of Goodness

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1. The Works of Francis Bacon by John Thomas Scharf, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Francis Bacon, James Spedding, Robert Leslie Ellis, Douglas Denon Heath, William Rawley (1878)
"goodness answers to the theological virtue Charity, and admits no excess, ... The inclination to goodness is imprinted deeply in the nature of man, ..."

2. The Harvard Classics by Charles William Eliot (1909)
"goodness I call the habit, and goodness of nature the inclination. ... goodness answers to the theological virtue charity, and admits no excess, but error. ..."

3. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1909)
"Doctrine and yet it is above all being; it is of First without quality, yet transcends the Person of highest conception of goodness; with- Trinity. out a ..."

4. The Essays of Francis Bacon by Francis Bacon, Clark Sutherland Northup (1908)
"goodness I call the habit, and goodness of nature the inclination. This of all virtues and dignities of the mind is the greatest; being the character of the ..."

5. The Imitation of Christ: Four Books by Thomas (1877)
"That the great goodness and charity of God is shown to men in the Sacrament. ... TRUSTING in Thy goodness and great mercy, O Lord, I draw near, ..."

6. The Ante-Nicene Fathers: Translations of the Writings of the Fathers Down to by Alexander Roberts, James Donaldson, Arthur Cleveland Coxe, Ernest Cushing Richardson, Allan Menzies, Bernhard Pick (1903)
"Nor should it be regarded as simply a species of goodness, but as the practical observance' of it, because goodness (unless •ustice be so controlled as to ..."

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