Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or character of being unkind; want of kindness; want of natural affection; want of good will; ill will.
  • noun An unkind act; harsh treatment; an ill turn.

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  • noun uncountable The state or quality of being unkind.
  • noun countable An unkind act.
  • noun countable The collective noun for ravens

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  • noun lack of sympathy

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Examples

  • Her earnest, eloquent justification of herself, and her lofty sense of female honor, are rendered more affecting and impressive by that chilling despair that contempt for a life which has been made bitter to her through unkindness, which is betrayed in every word of her speech, though so calmly characteristic.

    Characteristics of Women Moral, Poetical, and Historical

  • And in a way, they remind me of juvenile ravens, because they tend to collect in a gaggle [although technically and grammatically and practically, the term is an "unkindness"], where they spend an inordinate amount of bandwidth and space commenting on the writing field and promoting the new works of the younger writers, whom they wish to join.

    February « 2008 « L.E. Modesitt, Jr. – The Official Website

  • And in a way, they remind me of juvenile ravens, because they tend to collect in a gaggle [although technically and grammatically and practically, the term is an "unkindness"], where they spend an inordinate amount of bandwidth and space commenting on the writing field and promoting the new works of the younger writers, whom they wish to join.

    "Promoterism" In Writing? « L.E. Modesitt, Jr. – The Official Website

  • Strange, that what I called 'unkindness' for so many years, in departing should have left to me such a sudden desolation!

    The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  • Strange, that what I called 'unkindness' for so many years, in departing should have left to me such a sudden desolation!

    The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Volume II

  • "Surely man may mark 'unkindness' altered eye 'as well as woman," said

    Tales and Novels — Volume 10

  • BBC correspondent Kevin Connolly, apparently dismayed by such "unkindness", is to hand with explanations, clarifications - and a delicious mixed metaphor.

    Telegraph Blogs

  • The owner, I doubt not, had, at least, as much kindness as myself; but he was so used to see the slaves living without common comforts, that the idea of unkindness in the present instance did not enter his mind. "

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4

  • _ The owner, I doubt not, had at least as much kindness as myself; but he was so used to see the slaves living without common comforts, that the idea of unkindness in the present instance did not enter his mind. "

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4

  • The owner, I doubt not, had, at least, as much kindness as myself; but he was so used to see the slaves living without common comforts, that the idea of unkindness in the present instance did not enter his mind. "

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus

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