unkind

[uhn-kahynd]
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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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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
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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.

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