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unkind

[uhn-kahynd]
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adjective, un·kind·er, un·kind·est.
  1. lacking in kindness or mercy; severe.

Origin of unkind

Middle English word dating back to 1200–50; see origin at un-1, kind1
Related formsun·kind·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for unkindness

Historical Examples

  • How often is distress, similar to this, aggravated by unkindness!

    Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I

    Francis Augustus Cox

  • To complain of a brother's unkindness, that, indeed, I might do.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Had their unkindness then really driven her to seek for peace in solitude?

  • You might think I bad-met with unkindness; but it was not so; it was the other way more than I deserved.

  • But the windows remained closed, and she was wounded by this as by an unkindness to herself.

    Doctor Pascal

    Emile Zola


British Dictionary definitions for unkindness

unkind

adjective
  1. lacking kindness; unsympathetic or cruel
  2. archaic, or dialect
    1. (of weather) unpleasant
    2. (of soil) hard to cultivate
Derived Formsunkindly, adverbunkindness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for unkindness

unkind

adj.

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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