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”).
- (uncountable) The state or characteristic of being good.
- (countable) The good, nutritional, healthy part or content of something.
- (uncountable, euphemistic) God.
- Thank goodness that the war is over!
- (Christianity) The moral qualities which constitute Christian excellence; moral virtue.
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- goodness in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- goodness in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- goodness at OneLook Dictionary Search