unpleasant

adjective
un·​pleas·​ant | \ˌən-ˈple-zᵊnt \

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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Although not unpleasant, the smell is strong and took me a while to get used to. Talia Abbas, SELF, "This Balmy Face Wash Turned Me Into a Double-Cleansing Fanatic," 12 Nov. 2018 Many parts of the city were dirty, trash-filled, unpleasant and even dangerous. Adrian Higgins, sacbee, "Fertilize your creative spirit with these gardening books," 8 June 2018 Some people have a genetic predisposition to perceive a weird or unpleasant aftertaste when eating cilantro. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "How to Grow Cilantro," 22 May 2018 The most effective solutions tend to be unpleasant and involve actual injections into the eyeball. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Delivering drugs directly to the eye using microneedles that dissolve," 9 Nov. 2018 The symptoms of listeria and salmonella may be similar—and similarly unpleasant. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Corn in Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods Salads Recalled Over Listeria and Salmonella Concerns," 18 Oct. 2018 But, if there are negative or unpleasant things happening around you, then hunger can make these things feel attention-grabbing. refinery29.com, "So, Does This Mean Feeling "Hangry" Isn't Actually A Thing?," 12 June 2018 But there’s always that side of her that wants to acknowledge the unpleasant things that happen in life, if only to keep those things from defining us. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Whitefish Bay native brings Midwest pride to 'Revenge Body'," 13 Feb. 2018 Republican lawmakers have made the ritual particularly unpleasant for Mr. de Blasio, and this year is not likely to be an exception. J. David Goodman, New York Times, "With Headwinds Looming, Mayor de Blasio Unveils $88.7 Billion Budget," 1 Feb. 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 \

Kids Definition of unpleasant

: not pleasing or agreeable an unpleasant smell

Other Words from unpleasant

unpleasantly adverb
unpleasantness noun

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