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Meaning of KINDLY

Pronunciation:  'kIndlee

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adv]  in a kind manner or out of kindness; "He spoke kindly to the boy"; "she kindly overlooked the mistake"
  2. [adj]  generously responsive; "good-hearted but inept efforts to help"; "take a kindly interest"; "a kindly gentleman"; "an openhearted gift to charity"
  3. [adj]  pleasant and agreeable; "a kindly climate"; "kindly breeze"
  4. [adj]  showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding; "was charitable in his opinions of others"; "kindly criticism"; "a kindly act"; "sympathetic words"
 

KINDLY is a 6 letter word that starts with K.

 

 Synonyms: benevolent, benign, benignant, charitable, good, good-hearted, kind, openhearted, sympathetic
 
 Antonyms: unkindly
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Kind"ly\, a. [Compar. {Kindlier}; superl. {Kindliest}.]
    [AS. cyndelic. See {Kind}, n. ]
    1. According to the kind or nature; natural. [R.]
    
             The kindly fruits of the earth.       --Book of Com.
                                                   Prayer.
    
             An herd of bulls whom kindly rage doth sting.
                                                   --Spenser.
    
             Whatsoever as the Son of God he may do, it is kindly
             for Him as the Son of Man to save the sons of men.
                                                   --L. Andrews.
    
    2. Humane; congenial; sympathetic; hence, disposed to do good
       to; benevolent; gracious; kind; helpful; as, kindly
       affections, words, acts, etc.
    
             The shade by which my life was crossed, . . . Has
             made me kindly with my kind.          --Tennyson.
    
    3. Favorable; mild; gentle; auspicious; beneficent.
    
             In soft silence shed the kindly shower. --Pope.
    
             Should e'er a kindlier time ensue.    --Wordsworth.
    
    Note: ``Nothing ethical was connoted in kindly once: it was
          simply the adjective of kind. But it is God's ordinance
          that kind should be kindly, in our modern sense of the
          word as well; and thus the word has attained this
          meaning.'' --Trench.
    
    
  2. \Kind"ly\, adv.
    1. Naturally; fitly. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
    
             Examine how kindly the Hebrew manners of speech mix
             and incorporate with the English language --Addison.
    
    2. In a kind manner; congenially; with good will; with a
       disposition to make others happy, or to oblige.
    
             Be kindly affectioned one to another, with brotherly
             love.                                 --Rom. xii.
                                                   10.
    
    
 
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