Kindliness

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Kindliness Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    kindliness n : friendliness evidence by a kindly and helpful disposition [syn: helpfulness]
Kindliness Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Kindliness \Kind"li*ness\, n.
  1. Natural inclination; natural course. [Obs.] --Milton.
  2. The quality or state of being kindly; benignity; benevolence; gentleness; tenderness; as, kindliness of disposition, of treatment, or of words. In kind a father, but not in kindliness. --Sackville.
  3. Softness; mildness; propitiousness; as, kindliness of weather, or of a season. Fruits and corn are much advanced by temper of the air and kindliness of seasons. --Whitlock.
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    * I sometimes think we expect too much of Christmas Day. We try to crowd into it the long arrears of kindliness and humanity of the whole year. As for me, I like to take my Christmas a little at a time, all through the year. And thus I drift along into the holidays--let them overtake me unexpectedly--waking up some fine morning and suddenly saying to myself Why this is Christmas Day - David Grayson

    * Don't expect too much of Christmas Day. You can't crowd into it any arrears of unselfishness and kindliness that may have accrued during the past twelve months. - Oren Arnold


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