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

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Examples of unhappily in a Sentence

They were unhappily married for two years. an unhappily married couple being counseled by a professional

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Many Pacers fans reacted unhappily to Bitadze's selection at No. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "Why Pacers fans should expect Goga Bitadze to succeed no matter what they thought of pick," 21 June 2019 The liberal groups also unhappily remember a relatively slow start to the judicial nominating process by Mr. Obama’s administration given its need to focus on the faltering economy and other issues. Carl Hulse, New York Times, "Liberals Begin Lining Up Young Judges for a Post-Trump Surge," 8 June 2019 Along the way, the lonely immigrant and the unhappily married teacher form a close personal bond that eventually turns romantic. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Citizen': Film Review," 5 July 2018 Both Rothman and Rosen were unhappily married in the time between the war and their meeting in 1990. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "A World War II Veteran and a Holocaust Escapee Have the Most Incredible Love Story," 11 Nov. 2016 After the war, Michael unhappily marries a woman, Flora; Thomas begs him to imagine what their lives together could be like, but homosexuality was still criminalized in England at the time. Margaret Lyons, New York Times, "How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?," 14 June 2018 When Mattis did emerge for a news conference, an awkward scene played out: a TV crew had an audio problem, leaving the defense secretary unhappily fidgeting. Jonathan Tamari, Philly.com, "Defense Secretary Jim Mattis strives to be a reassuring voice to allies in a chaotic time," 10 June 2018 Angela is unhappily married to film producer Sol (Pat Towne), whose cloying relationship with their daughter, Edith (Julanne Chidi Hill), is anything but wholesome. F. Kathleen Foley, latimes.com, "Lust, secrets, murder: Dive into the drag-rific world of 'Die, Mommy, Die!'," 17 May 2018 Yet when so many human beings embrace the destiny of becoming parents, whether happily or unhappily, what right does any one person have to refuse it? Adam Kirsch, The Atlantic, "The Art of Parenthood," 13 May 2018

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First Known Use of unhappily

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unhappily was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of unhappily

: without happiness : in an unhappy manner
: in a way that is unfortunate or unlucky

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