unkindly

adjective
un·​kind·​ly | \ ˌən-ˈkīn(d)-lē How to pronounce unkindly (audio) \

Definition of unkindly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: not kindly

unkindly

adverb

Definition of unkindly (Entry 2 of 2)

: in an unkind manner dwells unkindly long on his final decline— A. H. Johnston

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Adjective

unkindliness noun

Examples of unkindly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb European diplomats are braced for President Donald Trump to take unkindly to Americans being kept away, while the Chinese are allowed in. Nikos Chrysoloras, Fortune, "That dream of a European vacation in doubt as the EU moves closer to a travel ban on the U.S.," 27 June 2020 Laughter can be used unkindly, too, to wound or to exclude someone from a group. BostonGlobe.com, "Dr. Robert R. Provine, a neuroscientist who brought scientific rigor to the study of laughter, yawns, hiccups, and other universal human behaviors that had previously gone largely unexplored, died Thursday at a hospital in Baltimore. He was 76.," 21 Oct. 2019 Laughter can be used unkindly, too, to wound or to exclude someone from a group. BostonGlobe.com, "Dr. Robert R. Provine, a neuroscientist who brought scientific rigor to the study of laughter, yawns, hiccups, and other universal human behaviors that had previously gone largely unexplored, died Thursday at a hospital in Baltimore. He was 76.," 21 Oct. 2019 Laughter can be used unkindly, too, to wound or to exclude someone from a group. Emily Langer, Washington Post, "Robert Provine, scholar of laughter, yawns and hiccups, dies at 76," 19 Oct. 2019 Your former friend has behaved unkindly by dropping you so suddenly and refusing an explanation. Ask Amy, al, "Ask Amy: That’s a weird ‘explanation’ for ghosting a friend," 19 May 2019 India’s Supreme Court ought to look unkindly on such legal sleight of hand, which would allow any other state to be similarly conjured out of existence. The Economist, "Modi’s revocation of Kashmir’s autonomy," 9 Aug. 2019 But when the hearts unkindly broke 5-1, South was sunk. Frank Stewart, The Mercury News, "Bridge: June 25, 2019," 25 June 2019 Biden’s initial bid for the prize in 1988 famously blew up when rivals unkindly publicized his plagiarism of a stump speech given by Neil Kinnock, a British Labour Party politician. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "No Joe!," 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of unkindly

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unkindly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unkindly. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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