Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Kind to excess; kind beyond deserts; unnecessarily kind.

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  • adjective Excessively kind; kind beyond deserts; unnecessarily kind.

Etymologies

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From over- +‎ kind.

Examples

  • Flightplan, I was told, was lame, and, as usual, the person who delivered this judgement was breathtakingly overkind.

    Observation #432

  • Fortune was not overkind, but his 'virtues and pious intentions may be read ... shining too gloriously to be dusked by misfortune.'

    Devon, Its Moorlands, Streams and Coasts

  • Difficulties that check others fall away from him; he is smiled upon for his kindred's sake before he makes friends for his own; the world is overkind to his virtues and blind to his faults; he enters manhood indeed as "of one our conquerors"; and it will cost him some trouble to throw away his advantages.

    England's Effort: Letters to an American Friend

  • Billy felt that Fate was overkind to him, and he lost no time in heeding her call.

    The Mucker

  • Even that great man whose memory we love and revere, Charles Dickens, was not overkind to us, and saw our faults rather than our virtues.

    Project Gutenberg Complete Works of Winston Churchill

  • Even that great man whose memory we love and revere, Charles Dickens, was not overkind to us, and saw our faults rather than our virtues.

    The Crisis — Volume 04

  • Even that great man whose memory we love and revere, Charles Dickens, was not overkind to us, and saw our faults rather than our virtues.

    The Crisis — Complete

  • Perhaps in her desire to secure my services for the cause she may have shown herself overkind; or perhaps I was still young enough to set down to my own charms a success due to quite different causes.

    The Letter

  • “Master Simonides is overkind,” had ventured the athlete; “but I am sure his praise is only polite compliment.”

    A Victor of Salamis

  • Perhaps in her desire to secure my services for the cause she may have shown herself overkind; or perhaps I was still young enough to set down to my own charms a success due to quite different causes.

    The Descent of Man and Other Stories

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