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unkindly

[uhn-kahynd-lee] /ʌnˈkaɪnd li/
adjective, unkindlier, unkindliest.
1.
not kindly; unkind; ill-natured.
2.
inclement or bleak, as weather or climate.
3.
unfavorable for crops:
unkindly soil.
adverb
4.
in an unkind manner.
Origin of unkindly
1175-1225
Middle English word dating back to 1175-1225; See origin at un-1, kindly
Related forms
unkindliness, noun
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  • It was a look deliberate and scrutinizing, in a sense doubtful, and yet not unkindly.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • His grandfather regarded him with a steady, but not at all unkindly, gaze.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • "Perhaps you are right," assented von Liebknecht, not unkindly.

    Boy Scouts Mysterious Signal

    G. Harvey Ralphson
  • Have I ever treated any boy or girl in this school unjustly or unkindly?

    The Teacher Jacob Abbott
  • "Don't ask me to be the audience a second time," Lady Stafford says, unkindly.

    Molly Bawn Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  • "You must tell that young woman to move on," he said to Dicky, not unkindly.

    The Right Stuff Ian Hay
  • The old labourer could not say that her husband treated her kindly or unkindly.

    The Mermaid

    Lily Dougall
  • And she beshrewed herself for so unkindly judging of his unkindness.

    Tales from Shakespeare Charles Lamb and Mary Lamb

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