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  • adj.generous, good
  • nounclass, species
  • nountype, character

synonyms for kind

  • affectionate
  • amiable
  • charitable
  • compassionate
  • considerate
  • cordial
  • courteous
  • friendly
  • gentle
  • gracious
  • humane
  • kindhearted
  • kindly
  • loving
  • sympathetic
  • thoughtful
  • tolerant
  • humanitarian
  • understanding
  • all heart
  • altruistic
  • amicable
  • beneficent
  • benevolent
  • benign
  • big
  • bleeding-heart
  • bounteous
  • clement
  • congenial
  • eleemosynary
  • good-hearted
  • heart in right place
  • indulgent
  • lenient
  • mild
  • neighborly
  • obliging
  • philanthropic
  • propitious
  • soft touch
  • softhearted
  • tenderhearted
See also synonyms for: kinder / kindest / kinds

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is another word for kind?

The word kind is most commonly used in two very different ways: as an adjective meaning benevolent and as a noun meaning type. There are several synonyms for each.

benevolent

Kind is an adjective describing someone (or their actions) as good and benevolent. The adjectives loving and caring can mean the same thing.

Synonyms that imply that a person is generally kind include the related words kindly and kindhearted (and the similar words goodhearted, bighearted, warmhearted, and tenderhearted). The term good-natured is sometimes used in this way.

Being kind is often thought of as more than simply being polite or nice. (See more about the difference between kind and nice in the section below.)

Words that imply an active form of benevolence include charitable, compassionate, and altruistic.

Considerate and thoughtful suggest that a person actively thinks about how to treat others well. The word empathetic is often used in this way.

type

Kind is also commonly used to mean type, as in What kind/type of car are you shopping for? The words class, category, and sort can be used to mean the same thing. The words brand and breed both have more specific meanings, but can also be used in general contexts (often in a slightly figurative way).

This is the sense of kind used in one of a kind.

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antonyms for kind

MOST RELEVANT
  • aloof
  • antagonistic
  • cold
  • cool
  • cruel
  • disagreeable
  • discourteous
  • disliking
  • hard
  • harsh
  • hateful
  • inattentive
  • inconsiderate
  • indifferent
  • inhumane
  • mean
  • merciless
  • nasty
  • rough
  • rude
  • severe
  • thoughtless
  • uncaring
  • uncompassionate
  • unfeeling
  • unfriendly
  • unkind
  • unmindful
  • unsociable
  • unsympathetic
  • violent
  • bad
  • bitter
  • ungenerous
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      How to use kind in a sentence

      Kind of a reception-room in there—guess I know a reception-room from a hole in the wall.
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      The relation existing between the balmy plant and the commerce of the world is of the strongest kind.
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      "She used to be so well—so bright," said Angela, who also appeared to have the desire to say something kind and comfortable.
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      What he has done in any one species or distinct kind of writing would have been sufficient to have acquired him a great name.
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      I tell you, madam, most distinctly and emphatically, that it is bread pudding and the meanest kind at that.'
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      The poverty of earlier days was the outcome of the insufficiency of human labor to meet the primal needs of human kind.
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      He was mounted on a spirited horse and his manner showed he was ready for any kind of an adventure, no matter where it might lead.
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      And so these features take on a kind of moral rightness before they are judged of as pleasing to the eye and as beautiful.
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      But in a malignant war there is injustice of ignobler kind at once to God and man, which must be stemmed for both their sakes.
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      We took a kind leave of each other, and I made him promise he would come to see me at my house in Redriff.
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      WORDS RELATED TO KIND

      • considerate
      • cooperative
      • friendly
      • generous
      • handy
      • helpful
      • hospitable
      • kind
      • neighborly
      • obliging
      • on deck
      • on tap
      • polite
      • unselfish
      • user friendly
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