Pronunciation: (good'nis), [key]
1. the state or quality of being good.
2. moral excellence; virtue.
3. kindly feeling; kindness; generosity.
4. excellence of quality: goodness of workmanship.
5. the best part of anything; essence; strength.
6. a euphemism for God: Thank goodness!
(used in expressions of surprise, alarm, etc.): Goodness, you gave me a start! Goodness gracious!
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