Definitions for: Kind

[n] a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality; "sculpture is a form of art"; "what kinds of desserts are there?"
[adj] generously responsive; "good-hearted but inept efforts to help"; "take a kindly interest"; "a kindly gentleman"; "an openhearted gift to charity"
[adj] conducive to comfort; beneficial; "the genial sunshine"; "a kind climate"; "hot summer pavements are anything but kind to the feet"
[adj] showing consideration and anticipation of needs; "it was thoughtful of you to bring flowers"; "a neighbor showed thoughtful attention"
[adj] tolerant and forgiving under provocation; "our neighbor was very kind about the window our son broke"
[adj] liberal; "kind words of praise"
[adj] helpful to other people; "helping an old lady with her bundles was his kind deed for the day"
[adj] agreeable; "a dry climate kind to asthmatics"
[adj] characterized by mercy, and compassion; "compassionate toward disadvantaged people"; "kind to animals"; "a humane judge"
[adj] having or showing a tender and considerate and helpful nature; used especially of persons and their behavior; "kind to sick patients"; "a kind master"; "kind words showing understanding and sympathy"; "thanked her for her kind letter"
[adj] expressing sympathy

Webster (1913) Definition: Kind, a. [Compar. Kinder; 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.

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

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

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

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

He is kind unto the unthankful and to evil. --Luke
vi 35.

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

A fellow feeling makes one wondrous kind. --Garrick.

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

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

Syn: Benevolent; benign; beneficent; bounteous; gracious;
propitious; generous; forbearing; indulgent; tender;
humane; compassionate; good; lenient; clement; mild;
gentle; bland; obliging; friendly; amicable. See

Kind, n. [OE. kinde, cunde, AS. cynd. See Kind, a.]
1. Nature; natural instinct or disposition. [Obs.]

He knew by kind and by no other lore. --Chaucer.

Some of you, on pure instinct of nature, Are led by
kind t'admire your fellow-creature. --Dryden.

2. Race; genus; species; generic class; as, in mankind or
humankind. ``Come of so low a kind.'' --Chaucer.

Every kind of beasts, and of birds. --James iii.7.

She follows the law of her kind. --Wordsworth.

Here to sow the seed of bread, That man and all the
kinds be fed. --Emerson.

3. Nature; style; character; sort; fashion; manner; variety;
description; class; as, there are several kinds of
eloquence, of style, and of music; many kinds of
government; various kinds of soil, etc.

How diversely Love doth his pageants play, And snows
his power in variable kinds ! --Spenser.

There is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of
beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. --I
Cor. xv. 39.

Diogenes was asked in a kind of scorn: What was the
matter that philosophers haunted rich men, and not
rich men philosophers ? --Bacon.

A kind of, something belonging to the class of; something
like to; -- said loosely or slightingly.

In kind, in the produce or designated commodity itself, as
distinguished from its value in money.

Tax on tillage was often levied in kind upon corn.

Syn: Sort; species; class; genus; nature; style; character;
breed; set.

Kind, v. t. [See Kin.]
To beget. [Obs.] --Spenser.

Synonyms: benevolent, benign, benignant, charitable, considerate, forgiving, form, generous, genial, gentle, good, good-hearted, gracious, helpful, hospitable, humane, kindhearted, kindly, merciful, openhearted, sort, sympathetic, thoughtful, tolerant, variety

Antonyms: unkind

See Also: antitype, art form, brand, category, color, colour, description, flavor, flavour, genre, genus, good-natured, ilk, make, manner, model, soft, species, style, the like, the likes of, type

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