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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Such a position would give carte blanche to question or disobey anything and everything that is unpleasant, the theory goes. Amy Kellogg, Fox News, 25 July 2022 Too many of my Twitter interactions with biotech-loving retail investors are unpleasant. Adam Feuerstein, STAT, 28 June 2022 The dead fish are unpleasant but if left alone present little health risk to humans. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 8 June 2022 While all this is unpleasant, once stocks have declined by 20%, the forward returns have been better than average for bear markets since 1946. Bill Stone, Forbes, 22 May 2022 In over 30 years of employment, the majority have been unpleasant or toxic workplaces, mostly because of difficult supervisors. Amy Dickinson, Chicago Tribune, 2 Sep. 2022 In over 30 years of employment, the majority have been unpleasant or toxic workplaces, mostly because of difficult supervisors. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 2 Sep. 2022 In over 30 years of employment, the majority have been unpleasant or toxic workplaces, mostly because of difficult supervisors. Amy Dickinson, cleveland, 2 Sep. 2022 Labor shortages—particularly in industries that require a lot of interaction—make the work itself more risky and unpleasant, which in turn makes people reluctant to return to these jobs. Gwynn Guilford, WSJ, 14 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unpleasant

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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17 Sep 2022

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“Unpleasant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpleasant. Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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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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