un·​kind | \ ˌən-ˈkīnd How to pronounce unkind (audio) \

Definition of unkind

1 : not pleasing or mild : inclement an unkind climate
2 : lacking in kindness or sympathy : harsh, cruel

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unkindness \ ˌən-​ˈkīn(d)-​nəs How to pronounce unkindness (audio) \ noun

Examples of unkind in a Sentence

It was unkind of you not to invite her. How could you be so unkind?
Recent Examples on the Web But for oenophiles, the most unkind cut came during a tussle between Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Senator Elizabeth Warren. Joshua David Stein, Town & Country, "Hey Senator Warren, Wine Caves Aren't Just for Corrupt Oligarchs," 20 Dec. 2019 Its central character, George Minafer—the grandson of the most magnificent of the Ambersons—is a thoroughly dislikable boy and young man: selfish, indulged, unkind. Robert Gottlieb, The New Yorker, "The Rise and Fall of Booth Tarkington," 4 Nov. 2019 Pomona’s breakthrough win The first four weeks of the season were quite unkind to Pomona Panthers. Matt Schubert, The Denver Post, "Colorado Prep Football Rewind, Week 9: Cherry Creek keeps rolling, Pomona breaks through and another record goes down," 26 Oct. 2019 Friends say unkind things to one another and sometimes hurt one another, but to insult you just in order to hurt you? Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Amy: A big move brings on a big sadness," 27 July 2019 Thankfully, her followers proved that the world isn’t entirely unkind. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "Katie Sturino Claps Back at Trolls Who Shamed Both Her and Meghan Markle’s Bodies," 15 Nov. 2019 People treated me in a way that was brutally unkind. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Sharon Stone Says Her 40s Was 'the Period Where I Thought I Was Most Beautiful'," 21 Oct. 2019 Friends say unkind things to one another, and sometimes hurt one another, but to insult you just to hurt you? Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, "Ask Amy: A big move brings on a big sadness," 27 July 2019 Sometimes life can be unkind and hearts are torn in two, but nothing could compare, to the pain of losing you. courant.com, "Derek Stockwell," 25 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of unkind

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unkind.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unkind. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unkind

: not friendly, pleasant, helpful, etc. : not kind


un·​kind | \ ˌən-ˈkīnd How to pronounce unkind (audio) \
unkinder; unkindest

Kids Definition of unkind

: not kind or sympathetic an unkind remark

Other Words from unkind

unkindly adverb
unkindness noun

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not to be intimidated or subdued

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