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
Recent Examples on the Web What many unhealthy relationships have in common is obsessive passion: a need to be together, but unhappily so. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, "4 Rules For Identifying Your Life’s Work," 21 May 2020 Jack is hired by Avis Amberg (Patti LuPone), who’s unhappily married to Ace Studios head, Ace Amberg (Rob Reiner). oregonlive, "‘Hollywood’: Netflix series is a glamorous blend of gossipy dish and wish-fulfillment fantasy," 29 Apr. 2020 For many of us, those are unhappily all too familiar during this time of new coronavirus fears, as many of us are sheltering in place and stressing about our jobs, our family, our safety, and the incongruency of our new normal. Christa Sgobba, SELF, "Does Exercise Actually Help or Hurt Your Immune System?," 15 Apr. 2020 Autumn works in a supermarket with her cousin and is unhappily pregnant. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Planned Parenthood Is the Real Star of Never Rarely Sometimes Always," 8 Apr. 2020 Set on the island of Brittany in the late 18th century, the French film brings together a young woman who’s unhappily betrothed and the female painter who’s been (secretly) hired to paint her portrait. Sage Young, refinery29.com, "The Most Romantic Movie Of 2020 Is A Period Drama Without A Man In Sight," 28 Feb. 2020 In Season 2, Joe has unhappily relocated to Los Angeles. Elizabeth Barber, The New Yorker, "Penn Badgley Gets Away with Murder," 13 Jan. 2020 Eliot’s play concerns the fate of Celia Coplestone, a young woman in love with Edward Chamberlayne, who is unhappily married to Lavinia. David Gordon, Harper's magazine, "The Forty-Year Rehearsal," 6 Jan. 2020 The safe and seemingly flawless return of the capsule, which did not have any people aboard, provided an upbeat ending to a mission that started unhappily when a clock problem caused the spacecraft to deplete its propellant. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "Boeing Starliner Lands in New Mexico After Clock Error Prompts Early Return," 22 Dec. 2019

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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 13 Aug. 2020.

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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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