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Noun: goodness  gûd-nus
  1. That which is pleasing, valuable or useful
    - good
     
  2. Moral excellence or admirableness
    "there is much goodness to be found in people";
    - good
Interjection: goodness  gûd-nus
Usage: informal
  1. Used to express surprise
    "My goodness me. She doesn't sound like the kind of person who should be held up as a hero to the next generation";
    - Christ [informal], Christmas [informal], crikey [Brit, informal], cripes [informal], cor [Brit, informal], crumbs [Brit, informal], gosh [informal], golly [informal], by George [informal], by Jove [informal], blimey [Brit, informal], gorblimey [Brit, informal], cor blimey [Brit, informal], my [informal], holy cow [informal], holy mackerel [informal], holy smoke [informal], holy moley [informal], holy moly [informal], fancy [Brit, informal], good grief [informal], goodness me [informal], Gordon Bennett [informal], gracious [informal], gracious me [informal], fancy that [informal], gawd [informal], god, my word, oh, O, ah, oh boy [informal], jeez [informal], geez [informal], strewth [Brit, informal], struth [Brit, informal], yikes [informal], I'll be blowed [Brit, informal], blow me [Brit, informal], Holy-dooly [Austral, informal], heck [informal], blooming heck [Brit, informal], jeepers [informal], jeepers creepers [informal], Lord [informal], Lordy [informal], marry [archaic], well I never [informal], heavens [informal], good heavens [informal], my goodness [informal], Jesus [informal], bejesus [N. Amer, informal], od [archaic]

See also: good

Type of: morality, quality

Antonym: badness, evilness

Encyclopedia: Goodness, How Sad