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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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?

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Despite claims of unfairness, Leonard said the city’s grading system was not unkind to the original dispensaries. James Queally, latimes.com, "West Hollywood’s original marijuana dispensaries fear city will leave them behind," 16 June 2019 Joe was a true gentleman through and through and never had an unkind word for anyone. orlandosentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 6/23," 21 June 2019 This is the second consecutive season in which the Warriors have been forced to make such an unkind cut. Marc Stein, New York Times, "Omri Casspi a Casualty of Golden State’s Numbers Game," 8 Apr. 2018 The impetus for her escape seems to have been the discovery that Martha Washington planned to give her, as a human wedding present, to her unkind and tempestuous granddaughter, Eliza. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Speaking Plainly About Slavery," 18 Jan. 2019 But to start from too small is so unkind to an entire gender who are so hungry. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, ""We’re So Hungry!” Jameela Jamil Gets Real About the Effects of Photoshop," 31 Jan. 2019 Los Angeles Times There's an unkind stereotype out there that Angelenos are loath to crack open a book. Benjamin Oreskes, latimes.com, "Essential California: Where's Gavin?," 21 Apr. 2018 There were some unkind responses to that online, specifically on Outside’s Facebook page. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Outside Magazine Executive Editor Axie Navas on Recode Media," 18 Apr. 2018 Such conscious juxtapositions of past and present might seem unkind. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: Hip-Hopping With the Stars in ‘Half Time’," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of unkind

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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