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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Joe Biden, who has drawn fire for his opposition to federally mandated integration by busing during the nineteen-seventies and his support for welfare reform in the nineteen-nineties, was foisted with the unenviable task of speaking first. Osita Nwanevu, The New Yorker, "Democrats’ Cautious Return to the War on Poverty," 30 June 2019 It’s time for the Celtics to make the best out of an unenviable situation and scrape up all of their cap space. Gary Washburn, BostonGlobe.com, "NBA Draft represents a fresh start for the Celtics after a season to forget," 21 June 2019 Abe had the unenviable task of trying to keep Japan’s most important ally happy while delivering on a promise to provide leadership at the G-20 both on climate change and ocean plastics. Washington Post, "Japan aims for ‘harmony’ at G-20. Is it sidestepping climate change?," 28 June 2019 Disney/Pixar With Toy Story 4, Pixar has the unenviable task of following up what was already a perfect trio of films, charting themes of birth, life, and death with lovely grace, despite the fact that their main characters are just a bunch of toys. Emily Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Toy Story 2 is the best Toy Story," 21 June 2019 Do these things to prepare for the show so you're not lost Edred Utomi has the unenviable task of portraying Alexander Hamilton, a character that is brimming with self-confidence and insecurity at the same time. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "It's not a show, it's a movement. 'Hamilton' wows at Kentucky Center," 6 June 2019 Gard’s lieutenant, the mannerly Margareta Bӧttiger, then a physician and young mother who was earning her Ph.D., had the unenviable task of approaching Mrs. X’s physician to gather her health history. Gavin Francis, The New York Review of Books, "The Value of a Cell," 23 May 2019 The show’s editors have the unenviable task of deciding what will air, and their choices will probably lean toward newer material, but the stars also gave their live audience some of their most beloved classics. Nancy Kruh, PEOPLE.com, "Luke, Carrie, Keith, Tim and More! The Stars Shine During CMA Fest's Epic Stadium Concerts," 11 June 2019 Accustomed to finding itself in unenviable positions on many national surveys, Louisiana has fared much better on one released Monday (June 3) that ranks it as the sixth most pet-friendly state in the U.S. for 2019. Kim Chatelain, nola.com, "Louisiana is 6th most pet-friendly state in U.S.: survey," 4 June 2019

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1641, in the meaning defined above

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: very bad or unpleasant

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