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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Other Words from unkind

unkindness \ ˌən-​ˈkīn(d)-​nəs How to pronounce unkind (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 It had long been known that Dickens was an unkind husband, even a cruel one, but the letters recast the author as a sinister would-be jailer. Laurence Scott, The New Yorker, "Charles Dickens, the Writer Who Saw Lockdown Everywhere," 24 Dec. 2020 In classic Dahl fashion, there’s a surfeit of jokes about bodily functions, an unkind depiction of a fat kid as a greedy idiot, and vividly drawn villains who speak in rhyme. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "The New Adaptation of The Witches Is Almost Too Much Fun," 22 Oct. 2020 Perhaps most important, politics has given Trump a new revenue stream — perhaps even a new business model, which might be useful in an economy that has been unkind to commercial real estate and the hotel industry, the core of his private business. Los Angeles Times, "Column: As tempting as it will be to ignore him, here’s why Trump will make news after leaving office," 3 Jan. 2021 The world can be very fickle and not welcoming and unkind. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, "Jenna Lyons’s J. Crew Afterlife," 27 Dec. 2020 Overtime has been unkind to Rodgers throughout his career. C.j. Doon, baltimoresun.com, "NFL MVP watch, Week 12: Can anyone catch Patrick Mahomes?," 24 Nov. 2020 Fast-food work is stressful: chronic understaffing, hot grease, time clocks monitoring your breaks, enough unkind customers to sour a whole night. Richard Renaldi, The New Yorker, "Faces of a Fast-Food Nation," 23 Nov. 2020 That’s great news for parents who want to raise considerate kids who can weather these often unkind times. Jamie Kiffel-alcheh, National Geographic, "The latest health kick for kids: kindness," 13 Nov. 2020 Since then, the waning moments have been remarkably unkind to Lynn and his players, the Chargers dropping 15 of their last 17 one-score games. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Chargers coach Anthony Lynn hasn’t seen losses like this before," 9 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of unkind

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unkind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unkind. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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