good‧ness S2 [uncountable]
said when you are surprised or sometimes angry:
My goodness, you have spent a lot!
said when you are annoyed or surprised, especially when telling someone to do something:
For goodness' sake stop arguing!
used to emphasize that you are not sure about something, or to make a statement stronger:
That bar's been closed for goodness knows how long.
Goodness knows, I tried to help him!
the quality of being good:
the desire to see goodness and justice in the world
the part of food which is good for your health:
All the goodness of an egg is in the yolk.
6 old-fashioned formal
used when asking someone to do something in an extremely polite way:
Please have the goodness to wait.
used when someone has done something in order to be kind or helpful to other people:
He did it out of the goodness of his heart.