A mild exclamation of surprise, wonder, alarm, dismay, annoyance, or exasperation. Goodness, look at the time! How is it nearly midnight already? My goodness, Bill, would it kill you to take out the trash once in a while? Goodness, that cyclist nearly hit me!
See also: goodness
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(My) goodness (gracious)!
a general expression of interest or mild amazement. Bill: My goodness! The window is broken! Andy: I didn't do it! Bill: Who did, then? "Goodness! I'm late!" said Kate, glancing at her watch. "Goodness gracious! Are you hurt?" asked Sue as she helped the fallen student to his feet.
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