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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GOODNESS

I am bound for my quarters, I came but to thank you for your goodness to me, and to bid you farewell.

He only desires that you will have the goodness to let him alone.

"I wish to goodness I could marry them both," said Viviette.

It is natural to goodness and innocence, but not the less is the error a disastrous one.

But when he speaks "truth" of Caesar he has to admit Caesar's goodness.

Tell him that I send him my thanks for all the goodness he has shown me,—he has always been kind to me.

Now, after such a proof of her goodness, could he permit her to suffer so much grief?

Her purity, her goodness, all that which resembled her in Nature, returned to her and saved her.

"I wish to goodness you had that picture done," grumbled Chip.

And for that act of goodness, Uncle Matthew had gone to his grave under stigma.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English godnes "goodness, virtue, kindliness;" see good (adj.) + -ness. In exclamations from 1610s, first recorded being for goodnesse sake, i.e. "as you trust in the goodness of God."

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