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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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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Further Reading The end-Cretaceous mass extinction was rather unpleasantThe uppermost materials contain combustion byproducts called PAHs and even some charcoal, which likely represents residue from wildfires on land. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Here’s what happened in the impact crater the day it did in the dinos," 15 Sep. 2019 At a less extreme level, too much moving air can make public spaces unpleasant. Wired, "London Is Changing Its Skyscraper Designs—to Favor Cyclists," 2 Sep. 2019 Evacuations are unpleasant and difficult, and feel even worse when the storm turns out not to be so bad at the place left behind. Adam Sobel, New York Times, "A Storm Expert’s View: Dorian’s Damage Remains Impossible to Predict," 1 Sep. 2019 Then Bowen made the ride as unpleasant as possible, said a Border Patrol employee with direct knowledge of the incident. A.c. Thompson, ProPublica, "“Dirtbag,” “Savages,” “Subhuman”: A Border Agent’s Hateful Career and the Crime That Finally Ended It," 16 Aug. 2019 As a bonus, both fish ladders and trap and haul can make life unpleasant for communities of fish that are further downstream, or in tributary environments where there’s one main transport system along the main river. Aja Romano, Vox, "These unanswered questions are fueling speculation about the sex offender’s life and death.," 11 Aug. 2019 The implications are rather unpleasant to contemplate. John Horgan, The Mercury News, "Horgan: Nasty nerd alert belies area’s alleged tolerance," 20 June 2019 Strongly stimulating these neurons is apparently unpleasant; mice in the study avoided electrical zaps to the area. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Sweet, fatty foods could remodel the brain to drive overeating," 27 June 2019 All of which raises the question: Why labor for years to preserve an effect that is fundamentally unpleasant? Los Angeles Times, "Day-Glo masterpieces are fading. A conservator and her team are racing to save them," 5 Sep. 2019

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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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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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