un·​kind | \ ˌən-ˈkīnd How to pronounce unkind (audio) \

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 How to pronounce unkindness (audio) \ noun

Examples of unkind in a Sentence

It was unkind of you not to invite her. How could you be so unkind?
Recent Examples on the Web By Birdsall’s not particularly unkind record, Beard often borrowed other people’s recipes, frequently recycled his own, and generally relied on other cooks for his innovations and, not infrequently, on editors and assistants for his prose. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "How James Beard Invented American Cooking," 5 Oct. 2020 But the slate also proved unkind to a number of other passers. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: From Carson Wentz to Sam Darnold, breaking down which NFL QBs' struggles are cause for concern," 29 Sep. 2020 The narrative fates have been unkind to Maryland’s 3-year-old thoroughbred showcase over the last two years; in 2019, Country House skipped the second leg of the Triple Crown after his controversial win by disqualification in the Derby. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Preakness storylines: Can Derby champ Authentic assert himself as nation’s top 3-year-old?," 26 Sep. 2020 Having older children — two at North Harford Middle, another at Southampton and a fourth starting high school this year — Kronick said the worst part had been other students who were being unkind and disrespectful to teachers online. Randy Mcroberts, baltimoresun.com, "Harford parents guide students through first day of virtual schooling," 8 Sep. 2020 Being told to eat something is jarring and unkind, the kind of unbidden comment that can stay with you for days, weeks, months, years. Your Fat Friend, SELF, "Please Don’t Bring Up ‘Skinny Shaming’ When We Talk About Fat Shaming," 1 Sep. 2020 History also has been unkind to No. 7 seeds, a designation the Mavericks carried into the playoffs. Dallas News, "Luka Doncic to get MRI following ankle injury in Mavs’ Game 3 loss, says ‘it’s just a little sprained’," 22 Aug. 2020 While everyone will be watching the Gobert-Jokic showdown, and some will be peeking at the contributions of the rising Michael Porter Jr., Murray is a force that has been unkind to the Jazz in the past. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Gordon Monson: Donovan Mitchell’s words already are echoing through the Jazz-Nuggets playoff series," 14 Aug. 2020 The only differences between the present euthanasia and the normal slaughter are which unkind method of killing will be used and which exploited workers have to do the dirty work. Michael Pollan, The New York Review of Books, "The ‘Euthanasia’ Euphemism," 11 June 2020

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First Known Use of unkind

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unkind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unkind. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unkind

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


un·​kind | \ ˌən-ˈkīnd How to pronounce unkind (audio) \
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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