goodness

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English goodnesse, godnesse, from Old English gōdnes (goodness; virtue; kindness), equivalent to good +‎ -ness. Cognate with Old High German gōtnassī, cōtnassī (goodness), Middle High German guotnisse (goodness), Russian годность (godnostʹ, suitability, fitness).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈɡʊdnəs/, /ˈɡʊdnɪs/
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Noun[edit]

goodness (countable and uncountable, plural goodnesses)

  1. (uncountable) The state or characteristic of being good.
    • 2014 October 7, Amanda Bevill; ‎Julie Kramis Hearne, World Spice at Home: New Flavors for 75 Favorite Dishes[1], Sasquatch Books, →ISBN, page 42:
      Rich, raisiny, smoky, coffee goodness: that is the flavor of urfa biber.
  2. (countable) The good, nutritional, healthy part or content of something.
  3. (uncountable, euphemistic) God.
    Thank goodness that the war is over!
  4. (Christianity) The moral qualities which constitute Christian excellence; moral virtue.

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