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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These changes to refunds are providing unpleasant surprises to those who typically use them to help make major purchases or pay down debt. Laura Saunders, WSJ, "What You Need to Know About the New Tax Law (Now That You’re Doing Your Taxes)," 15 Feb. 2019 Hermann argues that a trip in an electric car will save you from having to visit gas stations, which are universally unpleasant in his estimation. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "The Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV’s best feature are its three USB-C ports," 4 Oct. 2018 The current trek to La Guardia is notoriously unpleasant. New York Times, "Plans for AirTrain to La Guardia Airport Move Ahead Amid Criticism," 25 June 2018 In addition to being generally unpleasant, cooler conditions can actually damage your hair — causing breakage and brittleness when temps dip low enough. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "6 Ways to Blow-Dry Your Hair Faster," 12 Mar. 2018 The first lady's office explained there was not room on the plane for Shulkin's wife, and officials said the secretary was unpleasant during the trip. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Trump plans to replace McMaster, maybe others," 15 Mar. 2018 Your treatment is causing side effects that are extremely unpleasant. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "5 Signs Your Dry Eye Treatment Isn’t Working for You," 14 Dec. 2018 Headaches are unpleasant, too, but are typically less severe than migraines and don't usually present with other symptoms besides the pressure and aching in the head. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, "Everything You Need to Know About Getting Botox Injections for Migraines," 8 Aug. 2018 At the core of the joke is the complaint that the Trump administration is destructive in an aesthetically unpleasant way. Constance Grady, Vox, "What it means that we keep talking about America like it’s a TV show," 27 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of unpleasant

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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