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Inconsiderate and harsh behavior.‘she had had enough of her father's unkindness’
nastiness, unpleasantness, disagreeableness, cruelty, spite, malice, meanness, mean-spiritedness, viciousness, malevolence, uncharitablenessharshness, callousness, pitilessness, ruthlessness, unfeelingness, compassionlessness, shabbiness, hard-heartedness, heartlessness, cold-heartedness, mercilessness, brutality, savagery, savageness, inhumanityunfriendliness, inconsiderateness, insensitivity, ungenerousness, inhospitality, unkindliness, hostilitybeastliness, bitchiness, cattinessView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘‘Meanness’ connotes not only the personal characteristics of spite, unkindness, or aggression, but also the social conditions of shabbiness and impoverishment.’
- ‘In the face of your inconsideration or unkindness, I may experience pain, indignation, chagrin, shame, annoyance, bashfulness and more besides.’
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