un·​kind | \ˌən-ˈkīnd \

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 \ 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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Such conscious juxtapositions of past and present might seem unkind. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: Hip-Hopping With the Stars in ‘Half Time’," 14 June 2018 Kim Jong Un saying, rather unkind things about President Trump. Fox News, "Conway: Denuclearization of North Korea benefits the world," 12 June 2018 Care and attention Say goodbye to dentists who feel cold, detached or unkind. Karlie Brand, sandiegouniontribune.com, "8 reasons you’ll wish this dentist was yours," 11 July 2018 But Seinfeld has always been unkind of the outside of comedy. Fox News, "Ingraham: Democrats racing to the left," 28 June 2018 The 2017 season proved unkind to a number of high-profile players around the league, including quarterbacks Deshaun Watson (Texans, torn anterior cruciate ligament), Carson Wentz (Eagles, torn ACL) and Andrew Luck (Colts, shoulder injury). Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "10 takeaways of the NFL's offseason heading into training camps," 18 June 2018 When a thoughtless or unkind word is spoken, best tune out. NBC News, "How to dissent like RBG," 10 June 2018 Maverick uses community managers to keep inappropriate or unkind content off the site—and users have the ability to flag questionable material. Valentina Zarya, Fortune, "While Facebook Flounders, Women Are Building Their Own Social Networks," 2 May 2018 None, as confirmed by more than 20 speakers at Sunday’s two-and-a-half-hour celebration of Towers’ life at Petco Park, ever had an unkind word to say about the longtime front-office executive. Jeff Sanders, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Kevin Towers' 'orbit' an irresistible force in baseball, life," 25 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of unkind

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of unkind

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


un·​kind | \ˌən-ˈkīnd \
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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