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goodness

noun [U] uk   /ˈɡʊd.nəs/ us  

goodness noun [U] (HEALTH)

the part of something, especially of food, that is good for health: Don't cook vegetables for too long - they'll lose all their goodness.

goodness noun [U] (CHARACTER)

C2 the personal quality of being morally good: Mother Teresa's goodness is an example to us all.

goodness

exclamation uk   /ˈɡʊd.nəs/ (also goodness gracious) us  
used to express any strong emotion, especially surprise: (My) goodness! how many more times do I have to tell you! Goodness gracious (me), what a terrible thought!
(Definition of goodness from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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