Kind a. [Compar. Kinder superl. Kindest.]
1. Characteristic of the species; belonging to one's nature; natural; native. [Obs.]
It becometh sweeter than it should be, and loseth the kind taste. --Holland.
2. Having feelings befitting our common nature; congenial; sympathetic; as, a kind man; a kind heart.
Yet was he kind, or if severe in aught,
The love he bore to learning was his fault. --Goldsmith.
3. Showing tenderness or goodness; disposed to do good and confer happiness; averse to hurting or paining; benevolent; benignant; gracious.
He is kind unto the unthankful and to evil. --Luke vi 35.
O cruel Death, to those you take more kind
Than to the wretched mortals left behind. --Waller.
A fellow feeling makes one wondrous kind. --Garrick.
4. Proceeding from, or characterized by, goodness, gentleness, or benevolence; as, a kind act. “Manners so kind, yet stately.”
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.
1. Nature; natural instinct or disposition. [Obs.]
He knew by kind and by no other lore. --Chaucer.
Some of you, on pure instinct of nature,
Are led by kind t'admire your fellow-creature. --Dryden.
2. Race; genus; species; generic class; as, in mankind or humankind. “Come of so low a kind.”
Every kind of beasts, and of birds. --James iii.7.
She follows the law of her kind. --Wordsworth.
Here to sow the seed of bread,
That man and all the kinds be fed. --Emerson.
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.
How diversely Love doth his pageants play,
And snows his power in variable kinds ! --Spenser.
There is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. --I Cor. xv. 39.
Diogenes was asked in a kind of scorn: What was the matter that philosophers haunted rich men, and not rich men philosophers? --Bacon.
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.
Tax on tillage was often levied in kind upon corn. --Arbuthnot.
Syn: -- Sort; species; type; class; genus; nature; style; character; breed; set.
Kind, v. t. To beget. [Obs.]
adj 1: having or showing a tender and considerate and helpful
nature; used especially of persons and their behavior;
"kind to sick patients"; "a kind master"; "kind words
showing understanding and sympathy"; "thanked her for
her kind letter" [ant: unkind]
2: liberal; "kind words of praise"
3: conducive to comfort; beneficial; "the genial sunshine"; "a
kind climate"; "hot summer pavements are anything but kind
to the feet" [syn: genial]
4: expressing sympathy
5: characterized by mercy, and compassion; "compassionate
toward disadvantaged people"; "kind to animals"; "a humane
judge" [syn: merciful]
6: agreeable; "a dry climate kind to asthmatics"
7: helpful to other people; "helping an old lady with her
bundles was his kind deed for the day"
8: tolerant and forgiving under provocation; "our neighbor was
very kind about the window our son broke" [syn: tolerant]
9: showing consideration and anticipation of needs; "it was
thoughtful of you to bring flowers"; "a neighbor showed
thoughtful attention" [syn: thoughtful]
10: generously responsive; "good-hearted but inept efforts to
help"; "take a kindly interest"; "a kindly gentleman";
"an openhearted gift to charity" [syn: good-hearted, kindly,
n : a category of things distinguished by some common
characteristic or quality; "sculpture is a form of art";
"what kinds of desserts are there?" [syn: sort, form,