goodness (n.) Old form(s): Goodnesse
natural kindness, generosity, bounty
H8 III.i.159[Wolsey to Queen Katherine] For goodness' sake, consider what you do
H8 prologue.23[of the audience] for goodness sake, and as you are known / The first and happiest hearers of the town, / Be sad
Tim I.i.11[Merchant to Jeweller, of Timon] A most incomparable man, breathed, as it were, / To an untirable and continuate goodness
Tim I.ii.16[Timon to all] Ceremony was but devised at first / To set a gloss on faint deeds, hollow welcomes, / Recanting goodness, sorry ere 'tis shown
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