un·​beau·​ti·​ful | \ ˌən-ˈbyü-ti-fəl How to pronounce unbeautiful (audio) \

Definition of unbeautiful

: not beautiful : unattractive

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unbeautifully \ ˌən-​ˈbyü-​ti-​f(ə-​)lē How to pronounce unbeautifully (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unbeautiful in a Sentence

a makeshift shelter that was unbeautiful perhaps, but it kept us out of the rain
Recent Examples on the Web Buddhism was born under a giant fig tree, which, today, grows at the center of the remote and unbeautiful town of Bodh Gaya, in India’s destitute northeastern state of Bihar. Paul Salopek, The New Yorker, "Walking the Path of the Buddha in a Neglected Corner of India," 9 Aug. 2019 These things are for the unbeautiful, the uneducated, the uncouth. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "Sex, Drugs and Marxism in ‘Class’," 21 June 2017 Our sound, right now, is going to be the most blatant way of saying things -- the most unbeautiful, realistic lyrics. Taylor Weatherby, Billboard, "AJR Discuss How Using 'Unbeautiful, Realistic Lyrics' Made 'Weak' a Hot 100 Hit," 20 June 2017 Will magnificent objects suffer if they are found to have unbeautiful back stories? Holland Cotter, New York Times, "Making Museums Moral Again," 17 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of unbeautiful

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unbeautiful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unbeautiful. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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