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 People can be provoking or display an unpleasant side that challenges your ability to maintain composure. oregonlive, "Horoscope for August 6, 2020: Happy birthday M. Night Shyamalan; Libra, let a passing fancy go," 6 Aug. 2020 But even the nation’s richest athletic department — UT reported $223 million in revenue last fiscal year — would be forced to make some unpleasant budgetary decisions. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "With fall sports in serious danger, Texas braces for financial ramifications," 5 Aug. 2020 Newton's departure from Carolina was unpleasant at times, as the QB voiced his displeasure several times over being released partly because of his past ankle and shoulder injuries. Steve Reed, Star Tribune, "With Cam gone, Bridgewater says Panthers feel like his team," 4 Aug. 2020 Slime also contains a compound that has an unpleasant numbing effect on the mouths of creatures that try to eat the seemingly easy meal. Anchorage Daily News, "A look at the banana slugs that ooze over coastal Alaska," 1 Aug. 2020 The natural sweetener prevents those tasty hops leaving an unpleasant bitterness. Matt Allyn, Popular Mechanics, "The 10 Best Low-Calorie IPAs," 23 July 2020 This situation is extremely unpleasant and ruins the evening because everyone feels extremely uncomfortable. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Elder wonders why parents socialize with kids in tow," 17 July 2020 And while the symptoms of anxiety can be deeply unpleasant, Marques said the emotion is actually an essential tool our body uses to get us out of dangerous situations. Jen Rose Smith, CNN, "Anxiety makes us bad decision-makers. Here's how to do better even if you're worried about everything," 9 July 2020 Workers who can’t manage both their job and child care are left with some unpleasant choices. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic Has Already Taken a Toll on Parents’ Careers," 9 July 2020

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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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11 Aug 2020

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“Unpleasant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpleasant. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for unpleasant

unpleasant

adjective
How to pronounce unpleasant (audio)

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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