un·​hap·​pi·​ly | \ ˌən-ˈha-pə-lē How to pronounce unhappily (audio) \

Definition of unhappily

1 : unfortunately sense 1 unhappily, medicine has not yet found a cure— Diana Trilling
2 : in an unhappy manner : without pleasure practiced law unhappily for a few years

Examples of unhappily in a Sentence

They were unhappily married for two years. an unhappily married couple being counseled by a professional
Recent Examples on the Web The answer is provided, unhappily, when the novel turns to 2016 and redefines the characters by their relation to the Trump presidency. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 5 Aug. 2022 They are joined by Courtney, a little red demon who is unhappily stranded among humans and variously proves an enemy and an ally. Los Angeles Times, 22 July 2022 Bill Dubuque and Mark Williams’ series about an unhappily married couple who moves their family to central Missouri for a money-laundering operation built her character’s arc like a head of poisonous steam. Todd Gilchrist, Variety, 24 July 2022 As long as a person is unhappily single, there must be something wrong. Morgan Parker, ELLE, 4 June 2022 The unhappily married women who traveled to Sioux Falls did so in style. Jennifer Wilson, The New Republic, 28 June 2022 The century-spanning epic follows a poor Korean woman and her descendants as their lives intertwine, often unhappily, with those of their Japanese neighbors. Jon Burlingame, Variety, 3 June 2022 And, unhappily, subsequent scandals have attested to this. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 25 May 2022 In Undelivered, Jeff Nussbaum, speechwriter for powerful politicians, including then–Vice President Joe Biden, tells the stories of speeches that never made history because events prevented their delivery—often happily, at times unhappily. Priya Satia, The New Republic, 20 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unhappily

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unhappily.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unhappily. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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