unkindly

adjective
un·​kind·​ly | \ˌən-ˈkīn(d)-lē \

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

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But all the attention, all the post-match pub talk, all the morning papers would focus cruelly and unkindly on one man in particular: The isolated young German who was sitting alone in his own penalty area, Loris Karius. SI.com, "How Karius’ Kiev Nightmare Perfectly Demonstrates the Need for Villains Along With Heroes in Sport," 29 May 2018 Think about it like this, the man—who by now has identified himself as Herman Weisberg, private detective—says, not unkindly: There’s a row of nice houses. Jessica Pressler, Town & Country, "Meet Herman Weisberg, the Mistress Whisperer Who Handles Affairs Gone Wrong," 10 Jan. 2018 History will likely not only look unkindly at Trump, but those staring steadfastly at the floor, too. Isobel Thompson, vanityfair.com, "Dismayed and Demoralized, White House Staffers Are Still Standing by Trump," 16 Aug. 2017 History will likely not only look unkindly at Trump, but those staring steadfastly at the floor, too. Isobel Thompson, The Hive, "Dismayed and Demoralized, White House Staffers Are Still Standing by Trump," 16 Aug. 2017

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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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