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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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 Often angry and unhappy, Mrs. Alcott had the unenviable responsibility of keeping her girls fed and sheltered while married to a dreamy utopian who brought in almost no money. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "‘Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy’ Review: A Beloved, Troublesome Household," 16 Aug. 2018 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

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1641, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unenviable

: very bad or unpleasant

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