One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Inconsiderate and harsh behaviour.‘she had had enough of her father's unkindness’
nastiness, unpleasantness, disagreeableness, cruelty, spite, malice, meanness, mean-spiritedness, viciousness, malevolence, uncharitablenessView synonyms
- ‘‘Meanness’ connotes not only the personal characteristics of spite, unkindness, or aggression, but also the social conditions of shabbiness and impoverishment.’
- ‘Certainly, that notion is incompatible with cruelty and unkindness to one another.’
- ‘Cruelty to animals, deliberate unkindness, bullying smaller children: these were major crimes.’
- ‘In apparently impossible circumstances, where nothing but harshness and unkindness prevail, two human beings make contact, or at least one reaches out a hand to another.’
- ‘In the face of your inconsideration or unkindness, I may experience pain, indignation, chagrin, shame, annoyance, bashfulness and more besides.’
2rare count noun A flock of ravens.‘an unkindness of ravens flew overhead’
- ‘An unkindness of ravens circled him from above.’
- ‘A skull rests on the threshold as a reminder of the wages of sin, and, above, an unkindness of ravens presides.’
- ‘The unkindness of ravens at the Tower of London is about to enjoy the kindness of taxpayers, in a move designed to improve the birds' accommodation.’
- ‘Little Jakob was first excited to see an unkindness of ravens.’
- ‘He positioned himself for the endgame, unleashing that Batman-esque unkindness of ravens which smashed into the square.’
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