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un·​kind·​ly ˌən-ˈkīn(d)-lē How to pronounce unkindly (audio)
: not kindly
unkindliness noun


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: in an unkind manner
dwells unkindly long on his final declineA. H. Johnston

Examples of unkindly in a Sentence

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Paris quickly put a stop to strangers speaking unkindly about her son. Sara Vallone, Miami Herald, 3 Apr. 2024 This move wouldn't be looked at unkindly by new Brazil national team manager Dorival Jr., who is currently in Europe to keep tabs on players such as Vinicius Jr., Rodrygo, Vitor Roque and Raphinha. Tom Sanderson, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 Mischa was one of the young women stalked by photographers and treated unkindly by online bloggers. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, 10 Dec. 2023 David Brace says he’s seen more travelers treat each other unkindly in recent months, including confrontations over masks and personal space. Washington Post, 20 Jan. 2021 So, any threats to Levesque’s new creative control would also likely be looked upon unkindly by talent. Siddhant Adlakha, Vulture, 11 Jan. 2023 Animated violence includes characters bullying and speaking unkindly to one another. Common Sense Media, Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2022 Stern looks unkindly on buyers who covet the investment rather than the brand. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 18 Oct. 2022 Music history tends to look unkindly on such messy, inconsistent figures, preferring those who put the brand of genius on works large and small. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 6 Oct. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use


13th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 25 Jun. 2024.

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