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[goo d-nis] /ˈgʊd nɪs/

the state or quality of being .
moral excellence; virtue.
kindly feeling; kindness; generosity.
excellence of quality:
goodness of workmanship.
the part of anything; essence; strength.
a euphemism for God:
Thank goodness!
(used in expressions of surprise, alarm, etc.):
Goodness, you gave me a start! Goodness gracious!
the state or quality of being good
generosity; kindness
moral excellence; piety; virtue
a euphemism for God goodness knows!, thank goodness!

Old English godnes “goodness, virtue, kindliness;” see good (adj.) + -ness. In exclamations from 1610s, first recorded being for goodnesse sake, i.e. “as you trust in the goodness of God.”

in man is not a mere passive quality, but the deliberate preference of right to wrong, the firm and persistent resistance of all moral evil, and the choosing and following of all moral good.


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