un·​pleas·​ant ˌən-ˈple-zᵊnt How to pronounce unpleasant (audio)
: not pleasant : not amiable or agreeable : displeasing
unpleasant odors
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 People poisoned from eating fish containing the toxin experience unpleasant gastrointestinal, neurological and even cardiac symptoms that typically resolve within a few days, but could last weeks, according to Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. David Goodhue, Miami Herald, 28 Feb. 2024 The way norovirus is transmitted is just as unpleasant as the illness. Cara Lynn Shultz, Peoplemag, 26 Feb. 2024 But Take Note While this is fragrance-free sunscreen, there is a slight smell some may find unpleasant. Ambrosia V. Brody, Parents, 20 Feb. 2024 Participants were asked to sniff 24 odor samples from glass jars, which could be pleasant, neutral or unpleasant. Aria Bendix, NBC News, 13 Feb. 2024 Which poses a question: At what point does avoiding bad news become apathy, or worse, buying into baseless conspiracies to avoid unpleasant facts? Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times, 12 Feb. 2024 And bunkers where soldiers slept last winter were overrun by rodents drawn to the warmth of the log or rough timber structures, worsening the unpleasant conditions on the front. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, 11 Feb. 2024 But all of them want the City Council to earnestly listen to community concerns and make changes, even when the concerns paint an unpleasant portrait of Phoenix police. Taylor Seely, The Arizona Republic, 31 Jan. 2024 This is often a step charged with unpleasant emotions. Mark C. Perna, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Unpleasant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpleasant. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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un·​pleas·​ant ˌən-ˈplez-ᵊnt How to pronounce unpleasant (audio)
: not pleasant : not friendly or agreeable : displeasing
unpleasantly adverb
unpleasantness noun

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