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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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Examples from the Web for unkinder
Historical Examples
  • The most suspicions Republican could hardly have dealt an unkinder thrust.

    Stephen A. Douglas Allen Johnson
  • Everything seemed different, unfriendlier, unkinder, now that he was alone and helpless.

    The Burning Secret Stefan Zweig
  • The hardest part of my unfortunate case is this, that the unkinder you are to me the more I love you.

    Airy Fairy Lilian Margaret Wolfe Hamilton (AKA Duchess)
  • Houses were always being taken in that paradise by wealthy persons from unkinder climates.

    Christopher and Columbus

    Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim
  • The unkinder wits of the neighbourhood had been known to suggest that the first letter of its name was superfluous.

  • Roger is very unkind: but floods and falling houses are unkinder still.

    The Settlers at Home Harriet Martineau
British Dictionary definitions for unkinder


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 unkinder



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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