un·​love·​ly | \ ˌən-ˈləv-lē How to pronounce unlovely (audio) \

Definition of unlovely

: not likable : disagreeable, unpleasant

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unloveliness \ ˌən-​ˈləv-​lē-​nəs How to pronounce unloveliness (audio) \ noun

Examples of unlovely in a Sentence

Sunday night is often spoiled by the unlovely thought of having to go back to school or work the next morning. an unlovely but efficient little machine

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Today South Wales is battered and neglected, its lovely countryside studded with some unlovely towns. Longreads, "Manic Street Preachers’ Album The Holy Bible," 25 June 2019 With the Babe now an unlovely disappointment, the New York Daily News splashed photos of his mistress, Claire Hodgson, on its front page. Katherine A. Powers, WSJ, "‘The Big Fella’ Review: American Hit Parade," 5 Oct. 2018 Michaela itself is housed in an unlovely gray office block opposite a London Underground train station. Flora Carr, Time, "What It's Like to Study at the Strictest School in Britain," 20 Apr. 2018 The particular atmosphere of unlovely Belleville is deftly conveyed … yet there is beauty here too. New York Times, "11 New Books We Recommend This Week," 15 Feb. 2018 Lupe's unlovely appearance and McKinnon's sassy attitude make the loyal goat the best character in the movie. Julie Washington, cleveland.com, "Animated film 'Ferdinand' has earnest message for kids: Review," 15 Dec. 2017 But the new Indian ambition still has a strident and unlovely side. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, "At 70, India Shows a New Vigor," 14 Aug. 2017 But every Documenta, since the first in 1955, has served as a manifesto about art’s current relevance and direction, and every one has taken place in Kassel, an unlovely town north of Frankfurt destroyed by Allied bombs in World War II. Jason Farago, New York Times, "Documenta 14, a German Art Show’s Greek Revival," 9 Apr. 2017 The characters, all animals, have an unlovely, hard-plastic sheen. Jane Horwitz, The Denver Post, "“Rock Dog” obeys every command of a formulaic kids’ tale," 24 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of unlovely

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unlovely

literary : not attractive

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