Kindness vs. Kindliness

By Jaxson

  • Kindness

    Kindness is a behavior marked by ethical characteristics, a pleasant disposition, and concern and consideration for others. It is considered a virtue, and is recognized as a value in many cultures and religions (see ethics in religion).In Book II of “Rhetoric”, Aristotle defines kindness as “helpfulness towards someone in need, not in return for anything, nor for the advantage of the helper himself, but for that of the person helped”. Nietzsche considered kindness and love to be the “most curative herbs and agents in human intercourse”. Kindness is considered to be one of the Knightly Virtues. In Meher Baba’s teachings, God is synonymous with kindness: “God is so kind that it is impossible to imagine His unbounded kindness!”

  • Kindness (noun)

    The state of being kind.

  • Kindness (noun)

    An instance of kind or charitable behaviour.

  • Kindliness (noun)

    The state of feeling kindly towards someone or something, or the actions inspired thereby.

    “Elmo looked upon his only granddaughter with kindliness, and often relented to her demands for chocolate.”

  • Kindliness (noun)

    Favourableness; mildness.

  • Kindness (noun)

    the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate

    “he thanked them for their kindness and support”

  • Kindness (noun)

    a kind act

    “it would be a kindness on your part to invite her”

Oxford Dictionary

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