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unkindly

[uhn-kahynd-lee]
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adjective, un·kind·li·er, un·kind·li·est.
  1. not kindly; unkind; ill-natured.
  2. inclement or bleak, as weather or climate.
  3. unfavorable for crops: unkindly soil.
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adverb
  1. in an unkind manner.
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Origin of unkindly

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at un-1, kindly
Related formsun·kind·li·ness, 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.

  • 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