unkind

[uhn-kahynd]
adjective, unkinder, unkindest.
lacking in kindness or mercy; severe.

Origin:
1200–50; Middle English; see un-1, kind1

unkindness, noun
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unkind (ʌnˈkaɪnd)
 
adj
1.  lacking kindness; unsympathetic or cruel
2.  archaic, dialect or
 a.  (of weather) unpleasant
 b.  (of soil) hard to cultivate
 
un'kindly
 
adv
 
un'kindness
 
n

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unkind
early 13c. (implied in unkindly), "strange, foreign, unnatural," from un- (1) "not" + kind. Meaning "lacking in kindness" is recorded from mid-14c.
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Example sentences
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.
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