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[uhn-kahynd] /ʌnˈkaɪnd/
adjective, unkinder, unkindest.
lacking in kindness or mercy; severe.
Origin of unkind
1200-50; Middle English; see un-1, kind1
Related forms
unkindness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for unkind
  • He would surely be both unkind and unjust to this century's methods of advertising and sales promotion.
  • But one cannot dismiss such unkind remarks simply as the revenge of the grateful.
  • It seems unkind to say so, but without her lapse in faith this subtle and paradoxical novel would have been a far lesser work.
  • Such people should, therefore, be denied that right-however unkind that may seem.
  • They show ordinary people struggling to make sense of a fast-changing, unkind world.
  • Not only does being unkind to those in your workplace show a lack of professionalism, but it may offend others who hear about it.
  • No reputable scientist has ever had an unkind word to say about fruits, vegetables or whole grains.
  • It's my hunch that posterity will be unkind to those who were slow to get into recycling.
  • It's awful sad that people have to be so unkind to people who had endured so much already.
  • History has been unkind to the reputation of the honoree or has revealed the honor to be grossly out of proportion.
British Dictionary definitions for unkind


lacking kindness; unsympathetic or cruel
(archaic or dialect)
  1. (of weather) unpleasant
  2. (of soil) hard to cultivate
Derived Forms
unkindly, adverb
unkindness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unkind

early 13c. (implied in unkindly), "strange, foreign, unnatural," from un- (1) "not" + kind (adj.). Meaning "lacking in kindness" is recorded from mid-14c. Related: Unkindly; unkindness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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