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Definition of KIND

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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 v.0.48 [gcide]

Kind \Kind\, n. [OE. kinde, cunde, AS. cynd. See {Kind}, a.]
     1. Nature; natural instinct or disposition. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

              He knew by kind and by no other lore. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

              Some of you, on pure instinct of nature, Are led by kind t'admire your fellow-creature.
                                                    --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     2. Race; genus; species; generic class; as, in mankind or humankind. "Come of so low a kind." --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

              Every kind of beasts, and of birds.   --James iii.7. [1913 Webster]

              She follows the law of her kind.      --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]

              Here to sow the seed of bread,
              That man and all the kinds be fed.    --Emerson. [1913 Webster]

     3. Sort; type; class; nature; style; character; fashion; manner; variety; description; as, there are several kinds of eloquence, of style, and of music; many kinds of government; various kinds of soil, etc. [1913 Webster]

              How diversely Love doth his pageants play, And snows his power in variable kinds ! --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

              There is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. --I Cor. xv. 39. [1913 Webster]

              Diogenes was asked in a kind of scorn: What was the matter that philosophers haunted rich men, and not rich men philosophers?                --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

     {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. [1913 Webster]

              Tax on tillage was often levied in kind upon corn.
                                                    --Arbuthnot.

     Syn: Sort; species; type; class; genus; nature; style; character; breed; set. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Kind \Kind\, v. t. [See {Kin}.]
     To beget. [Obs.] --Spenser.
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

230 Moby Thesaurus words for "kind":
     Christian, Christlike, Christly, accommodating, advantageous, affable, affectionate, agreeable, altruistic, amiable, amicable, animal kingdom, approachable, auspicious, beneficent, beneficial, benevolent, benign, benignant, blood, body-build, bon, bonny, brand, braw, breed, brood, brotherly, bueno, capital, cast, character, characteristic, characteristics, charitable, clan, class, clement, cogent, color, commendable, compassionate, complaisant, complexion, compliant, composition, conciliatory, congenial, considerate, constituents, constitution, cooperative, cordial, courteous, crasis, decent, deme, denomination, description, designation, dharma, diathesis, disposition, eleemosynary, elegant, estimable, ethos, excellent, expedient, fair, family, famous, favorable, feather, fiber, fine, folk, forbearing, forgiving, form, frame, fraternal, friendlike, friendly, generous, genial, genius, genre, gens, gentle, genus, good, good-hearted, good-humored, good-natured, good-tempered, goodly, gracious, grain, grand, habit, harmonious, healthy, helpful, house, hue, human, humane, humanitarian, humor, humors, ilk, indulgent, kidney, kin, kindhearted, kindly, kindly-disposed, label, laudable, lenient, line, lineage, long-suffering, longanimous, lot, loving, magnanimous, make, makeup, manner, mark, matriclan, merciful, mold, nation, nature, neighborlike, neighborly, nice, noble, number, obliging, openhearted, order, overindulgent, overpermissive, patient, patriclan, peaceable, people, permissive, persuasion, philanthropic, phratry, phyle, phylum, physique, placable, plant kingdom, pleasant, profitable, property, propitious, quality, race, regal, responsive, royal, sept, shape, simpatico, sisterly, skillful, sociable, softhearted, somatotype, sort, sound, sparing, species, spirit, splendid, stamp, stem, stirps, stock, strain, streak, stripe, style, suchness, sweet-tempered, sympathetic, sympathique, sympathizing, system, temper, temperament, tendency, tender, tenderhearted, tenor, the like of, the likes of, thoughtful, tolerant, tone, totem, tribe, type, understanding, unhostile, unresentful, unrevengeful, useful, valid, variety, vein, very good, virtuous, warm, warm-hearted, warmhearted, way, well-affected, well-disposed, well-intentioned, well-meaning, well-meant


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