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Meaning of “goodness” in the English Dictionary

"goodness" in British English

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goodnessnoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈɡʊd.nəs/

goodnessexclamation

uk   us   /ˈɡʊd.nəs/ (also goodness gracious)
used to ​express any ​strongemotion, ​especiallysurprise: (My) goodness! how many more ​times do I have to ​tell you! Goodness gracious (me), what a ​terriblethought!

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(Definition of goodness from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"goodness" in American English

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goodnessnoun [U]

 us   /ˈɡʊd·nəs/
used in many ​fixedexpressions to show ​emotion, esp. ​surprise: Goodness! I ​thought you’d gone ​home already!
  • goodness noun [U] (MORALLY RIGHT)

the ​quality of being ​morallyright and ​admirable: I ​believe in the ​basic goodness of ​humannature.
(Definition of goodness from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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