unkinder, unkindest
1) ADJ-GRADED: oft ADJ to n, it v-link ADJ to-inf If someone is unkind, they behave in an unpleasant, unfriendly, or slightly cruel way. You can also describe someone's words or actions as unkind.

All last summer he'd been unkind to her...

No one has an unkind word to say about him...

Without wishing to be unkind, she's not the most interesting company...

I think it's a bit unkind to describe the ship in those terms.

Derived words:
unkindly ADV-GRADED ADV with v, ADV with cl

Several viewers commented unkindly on her costumes...

`He's a bit of an eccentric old fatty,' Thomas thought, unkindly.

unkindness N-UNCOUNT

He realized the unkindness of the remark and immediately regretted having hurt her with it.

2) ADJ-GRADED: oft ADJ to n If you describe something bad that happens to someone as unkind, you mean that they do not deserve it. [WRITTEN]

The weather was unkind to those pipers who played in the morning.

...a shared conviction that some unkind fate or chance is keeping them apart.


English dictionary. 2008.

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