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 Parents who are worried their decision to sleep apart might negatively impact their children should consider the long-term strain of unhappily sharing a bed, Cilona says. Daryl Austin, USA TODAY, 22 June 2021 The idea was that a gentleman could fly down to the Caribbean, unhappily married, and return home a few days later blissfully single. Robert Goulder, Forbes, 18 June 2021 Sharad lives an almost ascetic existence, unhappily sharing a home in Mumbai, India, with his worrying grandmother (Neela Khedkar) and working a meager day job reissuing tapes of old and neglected Hindustan musicians. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 May 2021 Some medical experts, who have been pushing the Biden team to name people with medical or public health expertise to serve in health leadership positions, were caught off guard — and unhappily so — by the news of Mr. Becerra’s selection. New York Times, 6 Dec. 2020 There was something unhappily poetic about knowing that her visionary paintings were locked up tight inside the shuttered museum, unavailable to be seen. Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2021 The ones who unhappily subscribe to the Hollywood notion that great art requires suffering, those who engineer chaos when their lives get too placid, generally don’t last. Howard Fishman, The New Yorker, 7 Apr. 2021 So, many single or unhappily partnered women, including myself, believed Derrick to be our champion, advocate and even savior from men’s woes, and didn’t see this coming. Olivia F. Scott, Essence, 26 Mar. 2021 Unfortunately, the Aussie money grab would institute the opposite of a virtuous circle, putting politicians in charge of subsidizing media owners, and doing so behind an anti-transparency fig leaf provided unhappily by Google and Facebook. WSJ, 23 Feb. 2021

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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 28 Jul. 2021.

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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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