kind [kīnd]
[ME kynd < OE cynd, akin to Ger kind, child, ON kundr, son < IE * ĝṇti- (> L natio, NATION) < base * ĝen-: see GENUS]
1. Archaic
a) origin
b) nature
c) manner; way
2. a natural group or division [the rodent kind]: sometimes used in compounds [humankind]
3. essential character
4. sort; variety; class
[ME kynde < OE gecynde]
1. sympathetic, friendly, gentle, tenderhearted, generous, etc.
2. cordial [kind regards]
3. Archaic loving; affectionate
4. Obs. natural; native
after one's kind or after its kind
Archaic in agreement with one's (or its) nature
all kinds of
Informal many or much [all kinds of money]
in kind
1. in goods or produce instead of money
2. with something like that received; in the same way
kind of
Informal somewhat; rather; almost
of a kind
1. of the same kind; alike
2. of poor quality; mediocre [entertainment of a kind]
SYN.- KIND implies the possession of sympathetic or generous qualities, either habitually or specifically, or is applied to actions manifesting these [he is kind only to his mother, your kind remarks ]; KINDLY usually implies a characteristic nature or general disposition marked by such qualities [his kindly old uncle ]; BENIGN suggests a mild or kindly nature and is applied especially to a gracious superior [a benign employer ]; BENEVOLENT implies a charitable or altruistic inclination to do good [his benevolent interest in orphans ] -ANT. UNKIND, UNFEELING, CRUEL

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