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

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 There are a variety of reasons why COVID-19 has been particularly unkind to this demographic. Karen Kaplan Science And Medicine Editor, Los Angeles Times, 17 Dec. 2021 Leda is often rude and unkind, but Colman’s and Buckley’s brilliant performances allow the viewer to inhabit her desperation, rendering judgment irrelevant. New York Times, 7 Dec. 2021 Clarity is elusive, and perhaps its pursuit is even unkind—why probe something so delicate as the past? Rebecca Hall, Vogue, 31 Oct. 2021 His hang-ups became hers, which, if true, is a terrible and unkind reversal. Amanda Whiting, Vulture, 3 Oct. 2021 For a lot of us, video games are a source of peace and relaxation, a way to destress after dealing with a world that is oftentimes tiring and unkind. Sam White, Wired, 12 July 2021 First, rid yourself completely of the idea that turning down someone’s romantic offer is inherently hurtful or unkind. Washington Post, 28 June 2021 Don’t be impatient or unkind toward those who are challenged to function at top capacity. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 26 June 2021 For some, this caustic but not wholly unkind film suggests, that’s just about enough. Guy Lodge, Variety, 29 Aug. 2021

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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 19 Jan. 2022.

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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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