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From un- +‎ kind.



unkind (comparative unkinder or more unkind, superlative unkindest or most unkind)

  1. Lacking kindness, sympathy, benevolence, gratitude, or similar; cruel, harsh or unjust; ungrateful. [From mid-14thC.]
    • c. 1599, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act III, Scene 2,[1]
      Judge, O you gods, how dearly Caesar loved him!
      This was the most unkindest cut of all;
      For when the noble Caesar saw him stab,
      Ingratitude, more strong than traitors’ arms,
      Quite vanquish’d him: then burst his mighty heart;
    • 1720, Alexander Pope (translator), The Iliad of Homer, London: W. Bowyer and Bernard Lintott, Volume 6, Book 24, lines 968-971, p. 189,[2]
      Yet was it ne’er my Fate, from thee to find
      A Deed ungentle, or a Word unkind:
      When others curst the Auth’ress of their Woe,
      Thy Pity check’d my Sorrows in their Flow:
    • 1814, Jane Austen, Mansfield Park, Chapter 2,[3]
      Nobody meant to be unkind, but nobody put themselves out of their way to secure her comfort.
    • 1950 July 3, Politicians Without Politics, Life, page 16,
      Despite the bursitis, Dewey got in a good round of golf, though his cautious game inspired a reporter to make one of the week′s unkindest remarks: “He plays golf like he plays politics — straight down the middle, and short.”
    • 1974, Laurence William Wylie, Village in the Vaucluse, 3rd Edition, page 175,
      We had to learn that to refuse such gifts, which represented serious sacrifice, was more unkind than to accept them.
    • 2000, Edward W. Said, On Lost Causes, in Reflections on Exile and Other Essays, page 540,
      In the strictness with which he holds this view he belongs in the company of the novelists I have cited, except that he is unkinder and less charitable than they are.
  2. (obsolete) Not kind; contrary to nature or type; unnatural. [From 13thC.]
    • 1582, Stephen Batman (translator), Batman vppon Bartholome His Booke De Proprietatibus Rerum, London, Book 7, Chapter 33,[4]
      [] A Feauer is an vnkinde heate, that commeth out of the heart, and passeth into all the members of the bodye, and grieueth the working of the bodye.
    • 1617, John Davies, Wits Bedlam, London, Epigram 116,[5]
      Crowes will not feed their yong til 9. daies old,
      Because their vnkind colour makes them doubt
      Them to be theirs;
  3. (obsolete) Having no race or kindred; childless.

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