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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He was given the unenviable task of training his robotic replacements. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Fallout 76 journal, day 4: the bombs are falling," 26 Nov. 2018 Judge Kavanaugh finds himself in a similar unenviable position: being expected to prove a negative. Libby Locke, WSJ, "The Attack on Kavanaugh Is Un-American," 26 Sep. 2018 Next to opera, every other performing art looks like a bargain, which is why many American opera companies have earned the unenviable reputation of being notoriously risk-averse. Paul Hodgins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Opera NEO blazes new trails on a shoestring, focusing on education and unpredictability," 1 July 2018 This news leaves the Merseyside club in the unenviable position of still having to find a new number one ahead of the new season. SI.com, "Jurgen Klopp Makes Bold Decision in Liverpool's Summer Search for New Goalkeeper," 23 June 2018 The prosecutor finds herself in the unenviable position of having to make a decision with potentially significant implications for all parties, including the court itself. Mark Kersten, Washington Post, "Can the International Criminal Court investigate the violence in Gaza?," 17 May 2018 My unenviable position started with the death of my lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, in 2009 at the hands of the Russian state after he had uncovered a massive Russian government corruption scheme. Bill Browder, Time, "I've Been Putin's Number One Foreign Enemy for a Decade. Here's What Trump Should Know About Handling Him," 12 July 2018 That’s especially true when seen through the eyes of Theo Rossi’s Shades, who seems to always be stuck in the unenviable position of ultra-competent lieutenant to an unreliable crime boss. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "Luke Cage is the first Netflix MCU show with a strong season 2," 22 June 2018 The outside chance of a conflict with Iran at the same time would present Pentagon leaders with logistical, tactical and personnel challenges unenviable for any commander. Paul Sonne, Washington Post, "Could the U.S. fight dual wars in North Korea and Iran? After diplomacy breaks down, questions loom.," 25 May 2018

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1641, in the meaning defined above

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: very bad or unpleasant

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