• WordNet 3.6
    • adj unkind deficient in humane and kindly feelings
    • adj unkind lacking kindness "a thoughtless and unkind remark","the unkindest cut of all"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Unkind Having no race or kindred; childless.
    • Unkind Not kind; contrary to nature, or the law of kind or kindred; unnatural. "Such unkind abominations."
    • Unkind Wanting in kindness, sympathy, benevolence, gratitude, or the like; cruel; harsh; unjust; ungrateful. "He is unkind that recompenseth not; but he is most unkind that forgetteth."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • unkind Not natural; unnatural.
    • unkind Not sympathetic; lacking in or not springing from or exhibiting kindness, benevolence, or affection; not kind; harsh; cruel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Unkind un-kīnd′ contrary to kind or nature: wanting in kindness: cruel
    • adv Unkind (Milt.) in a manner contrary to kind or nature: in an unkindly manner: cruelly
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  • William Shakespeare
    “Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind.”
  • Nonpareil
    “If someone were to pay you $.10 for every kind word you ever spoke and collect $.05 for every unkind word, would you be rich or poor?”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Be kind to unkind people -- they need it the most.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Kin kindred


In literature:

I take it rather unkindly that I was not warned off the track.
"Uncle Max" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
Deem me not unkind, but think it is my love and anxiety that speak in your behalf.
"The Knight of the Golden Melice" by John Turvill Adams
No, dealing unkindly with the lasses was an ill thing to do.
"The Judge" by Rebecca West
I have given up my former unkind tricks, for which I sadly repent, and now I am going on a pious pilgrimage.
"The Curious Book of Birds" by Abbie Farwell Brown
Is it unkindly written of me?
"The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, Vol. 1 (of 2) 1845-1846" by Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett
Though not the person to trouble himself much at any time in relation to his child, Colonel Colleton had never once treated her unkindly.
"Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia" by William Gilmore Simms
But did I ever think thou couldst have been so unkind to have parted with me?
"The Works of John Dryden, Vol. 6 (of 18)" by John Dryden
Strange, that what I called 'unkindness' for so many years, in departing should have left to me such a sudden desolation!
"The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Volume II" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Yet they were not unkindly received at their future home.
"Aunt Phillis's Cabin" by Mary H. Eastman
An unkind sentence has the power of lodgment in the mind.
"The Secret of a Happy Home (1896)" by Marion Harland

In poetry:

"Unkindly fair! why didst thou go?
O, had I known the truth!
Tho' Edward's father was my foe,
I would have bless'd the youth.
"Night Scenes Of Other Times" by Joanna Baillie
Say not to me the depths of thy devotion
Are deeper than the sea;
But watch, lest doubt or some unkind emotion
Embitter them for me.
"Friendship" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
When Fortune to all thy warm hopes was unkind,
And the morn of thy youth was o'erclouded with woe,
In me, not a stranger to grief, thou should'st find,
All that friendship and kindness and truth could bestow.
"The Harp Of Hoel" by William Lisle Bowles
Didst thou e'er breathe a sigh to me,
And I not breathe as deep to thee?
Or hast thou whispered in mine ear
A word of sorrow or of fear,—
Or have I seen thee shed a tear,—
And looked a thought unkind, Love?
"Love's Challenge" by Thomas Cooper
"I cannot against her unkindly exclaim,
O willow, willow, willow!
'Cause once well I loved her, and honoured her name:
O willow, willow, willow!
O willow, willow, willow!
Sing, O the green willow shall be my garl-and.
"Willow, Willow, Willow" by Henry Morley
"Though she thus unkindly hath scorn-ed my love,
O willow, willow, willow!
And carelessly smiles at the sorrows I prove;
O willow, willow, willow!
O willow, willow, willow!
Sing, O the green willow shall be my garl-and.
"Willow, Willow, Willow" by Henry Morley

In news:

One of the reasons my perspective on baseball differs from some is that my background was in news, where the real world is an unkind place.
High school reunions are inherently unkind.
Some books are more unkind to reviewers than others.
The electronic-music boom of the mid-'90s was especially unkind to American alt-hip-hop DJs like Cut Chemist and DJ Shadow.
And it's true, I have written some unkind things about the "we report, you decide" folks.
Nevada's 2nd half unkind to Texas State.
Unkind cut for Hosley.
New Final Four unkind to teams like CSU.
History unkind to GOP in 9th District.
With rare exceptions, session that just wrapped unkind to tax credits.
European Car Market ' Unkind ,' Marchionne Says.
McKeon Pavilion was unkind to Y.
Utility's tree-trimming offers unkind cuts.
'08 Scrutiny Shines Unkind Light on Allen.
Why do people think it's acceptable to comment unkindly on Southern accents .