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  • The one-sided quality evidenced by both these speakers was, to be over-kind, pronounced; to be less kind, they indulged a rank duplicity in their telling of events.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • We've all felt this strange effect, having listened to over-kind words about ourselves and feeling a strong, nearly irresistible impulse to believe them even when we know that they are untrue and that they are shamelessly serving the agenda of the person uttering them.

    Buttering Up vs. Taking Down

  • And so we came to the old man, who was exceeding fain of us, and grand and courteous, till he became a little drunk, and then he was somewhat over-kind to us women.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

  • "You are over-kind, like the sun in the spring as it shines on the sparkling ponds."

    Two Poem Drafts

  • And she ran away indoors again, the very fashion of a young girl fearing to be caught doing something over-kind.

    Under the Autumn Star

  • I am very grateful to you, Mr. President, for the kind way in which you have introduced me today, and for the over-kind words with which you have written up my undistinguished life.

    Waste in the West

  • And so they parted; and Reuben went home to Ashfield, taking an affectionate leave of his Aunt Mabel, who had been over-kind to him, and praying in his heart that that good, but exceedingly worldly woman, might some day look on serious things as he looked on them.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 97, November, 1865

  • First her husband taken, then her dearest child; her ungrateful boys not over-kind to her; and now this last blow dealt her by Beth, just when the prospect of getting her well married was bringing a gleam of happiness into her mother's life.

    The Beth Book Being a Study of the Life of Elizabeth Caldwell Maclure, a Woman of Genius

  • But have not his own reflections, or some over-kind friend, suggested that he has never been elected President of the United States? and that there yet remains the attainment of this one object of ambition?

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 108, October, 1866

  • It was decided in Washington that he, the over-kind superintendent himself, should be sacrificed to that partizan clamor before the coming election.

    Forty-Six Years in the Army

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