• WordNet 3.6
    • adj unkindly lacking in sympathy and kindness "unkindly ancts"
    • adv unkindly in an unkind manner or with unkindness "The teacher treats the children unkindly"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Unkindly Not kindly; unkind; ungracious.
    • Unkindly Unfavorable; annoying; malignant.
    • Unkindly Unnatural; contrary to nature. "Some artists . . . have given to Sir Walter Scott a pile of forehead which is unpleassing and cataphysical .""Unkindly crime."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • unkindly Unnatural; contrary to nature.
    • unkindly Unfavorable; malignant.
    • unkindly Not kindly; unkind; ungracious: as, an unkindly manner.
    • unkindly In a manner contrary to nature; unnaturally.
    • unkindly In an unkind manner; without kindness or affection; ungraciously.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Unkindly contrary to kind or nature: malignant: not kind
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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.”


In literature:

Nor shall thou ever address me unkindly.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
Aunt, I'm not cruel and unkind, am I, to want to go away?
"Captivity" by M. Leonora Eyles
Perhaps she was not going to be unkind any more.
"Hetty Gray" by Rosa Mulholland
She showed no grudge because of his unkindness.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 3 (of 12)" by Various
Fate was surely unkind to me.
"Paradise Garden" by George Gibbs
Lionel, I must say that you are unkind and obstinate.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
We will not be unkind to the small name and throw him on the rubbish-heap.
"Far to Seek" by Maud Diver
I hope you will forgive my unkindness and harshness to you when a boy.
"Walter Harland" by Harriet S. Caswell
Don't let her hear you giggling, please, Kate; it is very unkind to make a new girl feel uncomfortable.
"The Rebel of the School" by Mrs. L. T. Meade
He knew his uncle did not mean it for unkindness; but the sentence seemed hard.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 13, No. 78, April, 1864" by Various

In poetry:

I found no brotherhood in man;
But here and there a vicious clan;
No truth, no love, no justice find
Their way into these groups unkind.
"The Love Amie" by Marcus Mosiah Garvey
Harsh complaints and words unkind
To each and all in turn addressed,
For pain, with searching hand, will find
A bitter drop in every breast.
"Leawood Hall" by Ernest Jones
My sisters all my flesh will eat,
My brethren tread me under feet;
My nearest friends are most unkind,
My greatest foe's my greatest friend.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
The hoary hag, who cross'd thee so,
Did not unkindly vex thy brain;
Indeed she could not be thy foe,
To snatch thee thus from grief and pain.
"Lines Written In A Cottage" by Sir John Carr
Of thrones upset, and sceptres broke,
How strange a record here is written!
Of honors, dealt as if in joke;
Of brave desert unkindly smitten.
"Vanitas Vanitatum" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Like THEE it braves the wintry wind,
And mocks the storm's fierce pow'r,
Tho' from its HOPES the blast unkind,
Has torn each promis'd flow'r.
"To the Myrtle" by Mary Darby Robinson

In news:

Damon Albarn mimes the artists' fears at the hands of an unkind label / Photo by Getty Images.
Lately I'm haunted by my every unkindness.
People who are unkind to animals.
Unkind to Animals from the February 2, 1989 issue.
The sun bakes down, turning concrete and pavement into an unkind oven.
European Car Market ' Unkind ,' Marchionne Says.
McKeon Pavilion was unkind to Y.
Utility's tree-trimming offers unkind cuts.
Apple's taking 30 percent of app store subscriptions is an unkind cut.
Errors unkind to Falcons in tourney.
'08 Scrutiny Shines Unkind Light on Allen.
Why do people think it's acceptable to comment unkindly on Southern accents .
View full size AP Photo/Chris O'Meara Barack Obama had unkind things to say about Mitt Romney.
Some of the older women had especially unkind things to say about the relationship.
And it's the Curse of Cowboys Stadium, a stadium that's been uncommonly unkind to the home team since its opening in 2009.