unpleasant

adjective
un·​pleas·​ant | \ ˌən-ˈple-zᵊnt How to pronounce unpleasant (audio) \

Definition of unpleasant

: not pleasant : not amiable or agreeable : displeasing unpleasant odors

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Other Words from unpleasant

unpleasantly adverb

Examples of unpleasant in a Sentence

I stopped taking the drug because of its unpleasant side effects. There was an unpleasant smell coming from the basement. The weather is so unpleasant here. I like the shop, but the staff are so unpleasant.
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Recent Examples on the Web Adhering to a couple of days of strict diet and then consuming more than a gallon of clear liquid and laxative to cleanse the bowels is unpleasant. Beth Wood, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 June 2021 Having diarrhea is unpleasant under the best of circumstances. Korin Miller, Health.com, 15 June 2021 Sandra Fryhofer, a nonvoting member of the committee who represents the American Medical Association, worried in particular that getting shingles vaccine and Covid vaccine at the same time could be unpleasant. Helen Branswell, STAT, 14 May 2021 Of note, brain imaging studies confirm that superfluous drinking is unpleasant and requires greater muscular effort than drinking when thirsty. Tamara Hew-butler, CNN, 5 May 2021 Especially if cult life is proving unpleasant, the capacity for critical thought can reassert itself. Zoë Heller, The New Yorker, 5 July 2021 Some people also want to avoid the sometimes-unpleasant side effects that come with the second dose, and others simply miss their second appointment and can't or don't reschedule. BostonGlobe.com, 3 July 2021 Some people also want to avoid the sometimes-unpleasant side effects that come with the second dose, and others simply miss their second appointment and can’t or don’t reschedule. Caroline Anders, Anchorage Daily News, 2 July 2021 Ever get the unpleasant feeling that your mouth or upper lip is brushing up against your mask? Felicity Warner, USA TODAY, 1 July 2021

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First Known Use of unpleasant

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unpleasant was in the 15th century

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19 Jul 2021

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“Unpleasant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpleasant. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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unpleasant

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unpleasant

: not pleasant or enjoyable : causing discomfort or pain
: not friendly

unpleasant

adjective
un·​pleas·​ant | \ ˌən-ˈple-zᵊnt How to pronounce unpleasant (audio) \

Kids Definition of unpleasant

: not pleasing or agreeable an unpleasant smell

Other Words from unpleasant

unpleasantly adverb
unpleasantness noun

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