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 Auburn has the unenviable task of replacing a pair of All-Americans and first-round NBA Draft picks in the frontcourt this season after Jabari Smith and Walker Kessler dominated together during their lone year on the Plains. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 2 Aug. 2022 Ligon broke every unenviable record, becoming the nation’s oldest, longest-serving juvenile lifer. Author: Karen Heller, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Feb. 2021 Ligon broke every unenviable record, becoming the nation’s oldest, longest-serving juvenile lifer. Karen Heller, Washington Post, 19 Feb. 2021 But until now, shots for the youngest children remained elusive — leaving many families in the unenviable position of having everyone but baby inoculated. Elvia Limón, Los Angeles Times, 22 June 2022 Their position is unenviable, the difficulty of their road to repeat last season’s run undeniable, the postseason pressure obvious. Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2022 In 1941, William Beveridge, a British economist with a habit of irritating government ministers busy with the war effort, was dispatched with the unenviable task of examining the country’s social-insurance schemes. Idrees Kahloon, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 All of which means that the Conservative party finds itself in the unenviable position of not being strong enough to sack its leader, who is in turn not strong enough to command loyalty from his MPs. Luke Mcgee, CNN, 4 May 2022 Struggling to keep up with the dancers, the censor was in the unenviable position of trying to choose what to censor and failing to censor anything, with the black bar whizzing left and right, all over the video. Abid Rahman, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Apr. 2022 See More

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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 11 Aug. 2022.

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