un·​en·​thu·​si·​as·​tic | \ ˌən-in-ˌthü-zē-ˈa-stik How to pronounce unenthusiastic (audio) , -en- also -ˌthyü-\

Definition of unenthusiastic

: having or showing a lack of excitement or enthusiasm : not enthusiastic an unenthusiastic response an unenthusiastic crowd

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unenthusiastically \ ˌən-​in-​ˌthü-​zē-​ˈa-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce unenthusiastically (audio) , -​en-​ also  -​ˌthyü-​ \ adverb
a suggestion that was greeted unenthusiastically

Synonyms & Antonyms for unenthusiastic


halfhearted, lukewarm, tepid, uneager


eager, enthusiastic, hearty, keen, passionate, warm, wholehearted

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Anti-corruption NGOs were notably unenthusiastic about his candidacy. The Economist, "Will AMLO deliver?," 5 July 2018 Meanwhile, Pentagon officials were unenthusiastic about the prospect of launching million-dollar cruise missiles into makeshift al Qaeda training camps. Warren Bass, WSJ, "The Bin Laden Attack That Two Presidents Failed to Answer," 10 Jan. 2019 According to Grub Street, New York magazine critic Adam Platt wrote an unenthusiastic review of the restaurant’s food and ambiance. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Mario Batali's La Sirena to close at the end of the year," 19 Sep. 2018 At what level of automation could car enthusiasts become unenthusiastic? Robert C. Yeager, New York Times, "When Cars Do the Driving, Who Will Feel the Joy?," 14 June 2018 Moonves, who was unenthusiastic enough about a potential deal with Viacom to explore alternatives with Verizon Communications Inc. and Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., wants CBS Chief Operating Officer Joseph Ianniello as his No. Nabila Ahmed, Bloomberg.com, "Redstone Has a $187 Million Reason Not to Oust CBS's Moonves," 12 Apr. 2018 Day's Prince Harry also talked to an unenthusiastic Prince Charles, and Markle's great uncle -- Kenan Thompson -- with his arm slung around a wide-eyed Queen Elizabeth played by Kate McKinnon. Allison Crist, Billboard, "'SNL': Mikey Day Introduces Guests at Royal Wedding Reception as Prince Harry," 20 May 2018 As candidates awaited the official results, some reflected on the unenthusiastic turnout. chicagotribune.com, "Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr takes surprise lead in Iraq's election as prime minister falters," 14 May 2018 For starters, investors are unenthusiastic about large pharmaceutical mergers right now. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Big Pharma’s Strategy Is Music to Biotech Investors’ Ears," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of unenthusiastic

1805, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unenthusiastic

: having or showing a lack of excitement or interest : not enthusiastic

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