2. Race; genus; species; generic class; phylum; domain; order; kingdom; as, in mankind or humankind. Come of so low a kind. Every kind of beasts, and of birds. (James III.7) She follows the law of her kind. (Wordsworth) Here to sow the seed of bread, That man and all the kinds be fed. (Emerson) Bacteria becoming bacteria is not a change of kind (Comfort)
3. Nature; style; character; sort; fashion; manner; variety; description; class; as, there are several kinds of eloquence, of style, and of music; many kinds of government; various kinds of soil, etc. How diversely love doth his pageants play, And snows his power in variable kinds ! (Spenser) There is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. (i cor. Xv. 39) Diogenes was asked in a kind of scorn: What was the matter that philosophers haunted rich men, and not rich men philosophers ? (Bacon) a kind of, something belonging to the class of; something like to; said loosely or slightingly. In kind, in the produce or designated commodity itself, as distinguished from its value in money. Tax on tillage was often levied in kind upon corn. (Arbuthnot)
3. Showing tenderness or goodness; disposed to do good and confer happiness; averse to hurting or paining; benevolent; benignant; gracious. He is kind unto the unthankful and to evil. (Luke vi 35) O cruel death, to those you take more kind Than to the wretched mortals left behind. (Waller) A fellow feeling makes one wondrous kind. (Garrick)
Synonym: Benevolent, benign, beneficent, bounteous, gracious, propitious, generous, forbearing, indulgent, tender, humane, compassionate, good, lenient, clement, mild, gentle, bland, obliging, friendly, amicable. See Obliging.