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[uhn-kahynd-lee] /ʌnˈkaɪnd li/
adjective, unkindlier, unkindliest.
not kindly; unkind; ill-natured.
inclement or bleak, as weather or climate.
unfavorable for crops:
unkindly soil.
in an unkind manner.
Origin of unkindly
1175-1225; Middle English; see un-1, kindly
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unkindliness, noun Unabridged
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  • There was mockery in the depths of her eyes, but the scarlet lips arched in a not unkindly smile.

    A Volunteer with Pike Robert Ames Bennet
  • It was a look deliberate and scrutinizing, in a sense doubtful, and yet not unkindly.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Herriot looked up and called him gruffly but not unkindly, the boy thought.

    The Black Buccaneer Stephen W. Meader
  • His grandfather regarded him with a steady, but not at all unkindly, gaze.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Those who approach it respectfully and reverently are treated not unkindly, but woe and disaster await all others.

    The Romance of the Colorado River Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
  • "Perhaps you are right," assented von Liebknecht, not unkindly.

    Boy Scouts Mysterious Signal G. Harvey Ralphson
  • As she passed him Natalie nodded not unkindly, and the big man's eyes followed her in a sort of dog's agony.

    Two on the Trail Hulbert Footner
  • "Don't ask me to be the audience a second time," Lady Stafford says, unkindly.

    Molly Bawn Margaret Wolfe Hamilton

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