un·​en·​vi·​able | \ ˌən-ˈen-vē-ə-bəl How to pronounce unenviable (audio) \

Definition of unenviable

: not desirable or pleasant : not arousing envy : not enviable an unenviable position Kent Alterman, our director, had the unenviable task of herding cats.— Will Ferrell

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Recent Examples on the Web In July 2020, Nyka Alexander from WHO's communications team had the unenviable task of explaining what scientists call 'airborne' to the BBC. Jv Chamary, Forbes, 29 May 2021 Exhibition curators are left in an unenviable position, as the law’s language on what constitutes a national-security violation is broad and vague, and police tend to act only after an alleged offense is committed. Joyu Wang, WSJ, 18 May 2021 James is known to take his play up another level in the postseason, and Wiggins will have the unenviable task of being James’ primary defender. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 May 2021 Adams has the unenviable position of having to embody both the Jimmy Stewart and the Grace Kelly roles for a while. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 13 May 2021 Reiff has the unenviable task of keeping Pro Bowl defensive end Danielle Hunter at bay. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2021 Ainge put Stevens in a unenviable position by not stocking the bench with quality veterans. BostonGlobe.com, 25 Mar. 2021 In 1972, after working for the business in Ireland, Mr. Weston was given the unenviable task of deciding the fate of Loblaw Groceterias, a Canadian supermarket chain that the family had taken control of by 1956. New York Times, 26 Apr. 2021 In the end, the defense lawyers had the unenviable task of getting a jury past a video that the whole world had seen. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 20 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of unenviable

1641, in the meaning defined above

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“Unenviable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unenviable. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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: very bad or unpleasant

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