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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR KIND

For one thing Fred sha'n't get into that kind of muss if I can save him from it.

Who among you ever received an injury from that kind old man?

"There's enough like that kind, though," interrupted Uncle Peter.

It's a good game if that's the kind of a game you're huntin' fur.

All the sailors had a kind word for him, and many were the praises which he received in the forecastle.

Still, one kind of food cloys after a time, and so our new settlers found it.

We accepted his kind invitation to make ourselves his guests while we remained.

There is a kind of beauty that seems made to be painted on ivory, and such was hers.

He was as kind and obliging as it was possible to be in his circumstances.

But how wonderful and quick my touch has got, and how kind is heaven there, sir!

WORD ORIGIN

"class, sort, variety," from Old English gecynd "kind, nature, race," related to cynn "family" (see kin), from Proto-Germanic *gakundjaz "family, race" (see kind (adj.)). Ælfric's rendition of "the Book of Genesis" into Old English came out gecyndboc. The prefix disappeared 1150-1250. No exact cognates beyond English, but it corresponds to adjective endings such as Goth -kunds, Old High German -kund. Also in English as a suffix (mankind, etc.). Other earlier, now obsolete, senses in English included "character, quality derived from birth" and "manner or way natural or proper to anyone." Use in phrase a kind of (1590s) led to colloquial extension as adverb (1804) in phrases such as kind of stupid ("a kind of stupid (person)").

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