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[uhn-kahynd] /ʌnˈkaɪnd/
adjective, unkinder, unkindest.
lacking in kindness or mercy; severe.
Origin of unkind
Middle English word dating back to 1200-50; See origin at un-1, kind1
Related forms
unkindness, noun Unabridged
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  • If you think that, ma'am, it's very cruel and unkind of you to send me away.

  • She did not wish to be unkind, but her one absorbing idea at this moment was of solitude.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • It would be so unkind if she did not answer immediately: she must answer.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • He thinks, though he has all honour for my mother, that she is unkind to us both.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • I take it unkind of you that you have not so much as dipped ensign to me on leaving.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
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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