Pronunciation: (good'nis),[key] —n. 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!
—interj. (used in expressions of surprise, alarm, etc.): Goodness, you gave me a start! Goodness gracious!