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Princeton's WordNet

  1. unkindadjective

    lacking kindness

    "a thoughtless and unkind remark"; "the unkindest cut of all"

  2. pitiless, unkindadjective

    deficient in humane and kindly feelings


  1. unkindadjective

    Having no race or kindred; childless.

  2. unkindadjective

    Not kind; contrary to nature, or the law of kind or kindred; unnatural.

  3. unkindadjective

    Wanting in kindness, sympathy, benevolence, gratitude, or the like; cruel; harsh; unjust; ungrateful.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Unkindadjective

    Not favourable; not benevolent.

    In nature there’s no blemish but the mind;
    None can be call’d deform’d, but the unkind. William Shakespeare.

    To the noble mind
    Rich gifts wax poor, when givers prove unkind. William Shakespeare.

    To Nimrod our author seems a little unkind; and says, that he, against right, enlarged his empire. John Locke.

    A real joy I never knew,
    Till I believ’d thy passion true;
    A real grief I ne’er can find,
    ’Till thou prov’st perjur’d or unkind. Matthew Prior.


  1. Unkind

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Webster Dictionary

  1. Unkindadjective

    having no race or kindred; childless

  2. Unkindadjective

    not kind; contrary to nature, or the law of kind or kindred; unnatural

  3. Unkindadjective

    wanting in kindness, sympathy, benevolence, gratitude, or the like; cruel; harsh; unjust; ungrateful

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Unkind

    un-kīnd′, adj. contrary to kind or nature: wanting in kindness: cruel.—n. Unkīnd′liness, want of kindliness.—adj. Unkīnd′ly, contrary to kind or nature: malignant: not kind.—adv. (Milt.) in a manner contrary to kind or nature: in an unkindly manner: cruelly.—n. Unkīnd′ness, want of kindness or affection: cruelty.—adj. Unkin′dred (obs.), not related.—adv. Unkin′dredly.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of unkind in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of unkind in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of unkind in a Sentence

  1. Bill Leonard:

    It wouldve been worse if he had said no because it wouldve seemed unkind, and this was at least one way he could show his concern along with his visit, in this setting, where tragedy has occurred and where he comes for this brief visit, we need to have some grace about that for these folks.

  2. Anthony Seldon:

    Frightening impressionable undergraduates into believing that work alone is all-important is irresponsible, unkind and wrong-headed.

  3. Kara Richardson Whitely:

    The third one, while it wasn't as glorious and easy as the first one, it was the most moving and life changing because of the fact that I used the hike to understand why over the years I was so unkind to myself with weight, it was about self acceptance; it was about knowing what I've been through and my past.

  4. The Hitopadesa:

    A stranger who is kind is a kinsman; an unkind kinsman is a stranger.

  5. Al Capone:

    I’m a kind person, I’m kind to everyone, but if you are unkind to me, then kindness is not what you’ll remember me for.

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    greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation
    • A. repugnant
    • B. pecuniary
    • C. ostensive
    • D. usurious

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