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 This is not the first time Hailey Bieber shut down the notion that her husband of two years treats her unkindly. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 18 Sep. 2021 China imports significant amounts of oil from Iran, and might look unkindly on efforts to destabilize its government. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, 2 Sep. 2021 As a film historian, he was known for championing movies, directors and screenwriters who had been treated unkindly by others. New York Times, 25 Mar. 2021 There amid the waxworks, Herman plays the court jester, as a few intimates unkindly note. New York Times, 1 Jan. 2021 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, 27 June 2020 Laughter can be used unkindly, too, to wound or to exclude someone from a group. BostonGlobe.com, 21 Oct. 2019 Laughter can be used unkindly, too, to wound or to exclude someone from a group. BostonGlobe.com, 21 Oct. 2019 Laughter can be used unkindly, too, to wound or to exclude someone from a group. Emily Langer, Washington Post, 19 Oct. 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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The first known use of unkindly was in the 13th century

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“Unkindly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unkindly. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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