Kind Kind (k[imac]nd), a. [Compar. {Kinder} (k[imac]nd"[~e]r); superl. {Kindest}.] [AS. cynde, gecynde, natural, innate, prop. an old p. p. from the root of E. kin. See {Kin} kindred.] 1. Characteristic of the species; belonging to one's nature; natural; native. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

It becometh sweeter than it should be, and loseth the kind taste. --Holland. [1913 Webster]

2. Having feelings befitting our common nature; congenial; sympathetic; as, a kind man; a kind heart. [1913 Webster]

Yet was he kind, or if severe in aught, The love he bore to learning was his fault. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

3. Showing tenderness or goodness; disposed to do good and confer happiness; averse to hurting or paining; benevolent; benignant; gracious. [1913 Webster]

He is kind unto the unthankful and to evil. --Luke vi 35. [1913 Webster]

O cruel Death, to those you take more kind Than to the wretched mortals left behind. --Waller. [1913 Webster]

A fellow feeling makes one wondrous kind. --Garrick. [1913 Webster]

4. Proceeding from, or characterized by, goodness, gentleness, or benevolence; as, a kind act. ``Manners so kind, yet stately.'' --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

5. Gentle; tractable; easily governed; as, a horse kind in harness.

Syn: Benevolent; benign; beneficent; bounteous; gracious; propitious; generous; forbearing; indulgent; tender; humane; compassionate; good; lenient; clement; mild; gentle; bland; obliging; friendly; amicable. See {Obliging}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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