un·​kind ˌən-ˈkīnd How to pronounce unkind (audio)
: not pleasing or mild : inclement
an unkind climate
: lacking in kindness or sympathy : harsh, cruel
unkindness noun

Examples of unkind in a Sentence

It was unkind of you not to invite her. How could you be so unkind?
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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unkind was in the 13th century

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“Unkind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unkind. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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un·​kind ˌən-ˈkīnd How to pronounce unkind (audio)
: not kind or sympathetic
an unkind remark
unkindly adverb
unkindness noun

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