Word of the Day: Kind
kind / kīnd
1. friendly, nice
Do not look where the harvest is plentiful, but where the people are kind.
2. considerate or compassionate; thoughtful of others
The kind man feeds his cat before sitting down to dinner.
3. courteous and gracious
Kind words are worth much and they cost little.
4. helpful, providing assistance to others
He who does kind deeds becomes rich.
5. mild, temperate
Beside the treasures common to most mountain regions that are wild and blessed with a kind climate, the park is full of exciting wonders.
From “Our National Parks” by John Muir, 1838 – 1914
6. gentle, not damaging or harmful
Each product is stringently dermatologically tested to ensure it is kind to skin and suitable for all ages and skin types.
Glow Beauty, https://glow-beauty.com/treatments/face/
1. type or variety having similar traits or characteristics; a category
Ingratitude is a kind of weakness; the clever are never ungrateful.
2. something that almost does not fit in a given category
Envy is a kind of praise.
3. (obsolete) the collective group of one’s ancestors and descendants
One naturally prefers one’s own kind.
1. somewhat; to some degree
When people keep telling you that you can’t do a thing, you kind of like to try it.
Margaret Chase Smith, 1897 – 1995
As a noun, from the Anglo-Saxon noun cynd (innate nature, kind) through the Middle English kynde, kund, kende of the same meaning; as an adjective, from the Anglo-Saxon adjective cynde, gecyinde (natural, innate, genial) through the Middle English adjective kinde, kynde, kunde of the same meaning.
Thank you to Allen Ward for providing this etymology.