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unkind

un·kind

unkind

pronunciation:
uhn kaInd
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part of speech: adjective
inflections: unkinder, unkindest
definition: lacking in kindness or sympathy; harsh.
synonyms:
cold-hearted, harsh, inhumane, mean, unsympathetic
antonyms:
benevolent, decent, kind, kindly
similar words:
callous, hardhearted, heartless, ill, inconsiderate, insensitive, nasty, severe, stony, uncaring, uncharitable, unfeeling, ungenerous
derivation: unkindness (n.)
Word History
In Old English, the word unkind meant "unnatural" or "not what is expected from one's own people or family."