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
Recent Examples on the Web And not the pretty, picture-postcard ones, either, but those in the unlovely, lively outer neighborhoods. Los Angeles Times, "Review: The world of Netflix’s ‘The Eddy’ will haunt you. The story, not so much," 7 May 2020 These include a cluster in Inner Mongolia, a northern province of windswept deserts, grasslands and unlovely industrial towns. The Economist, "Covid-19 is teaching hard lessons about China-only supply chains," 29 Feb. 2020 Communiqués that emerge from these secret meetings are written in unlovely party jargon. The Economist, "Communists are fascinated by contradictions. China faces a big one," 2 Nov. 2019 The dentist himself is an unlovely specimen — racist, ungenerous and vain — a man whose two ruling goals are to become a Freemason and to continue his blood line. Katherine A. Powers, Washington Post, "Gore Vidal’s ‘Lincoln’ and other best audiobooks for summer’s end," 29 Aug. 2019 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

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First Known Use of unlovely

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unlovely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unlovely. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unlovely

literary : not attractive

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