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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The thought of Lionel Messi no longer playing professional football is a rather unpleasant one. SI.com, "4 Argentina Players Who Could Replace Lionel Messi at International Level," 3 July 2019 That's despite what plays like a pretty significant ratcheting up of the violence quotient, which, even with the kids maturing, doesn't make those scenes any less unpleasant. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Stranger Things' tackles teen troubles in third season," 3 July 2019 Camp Century was a perfect example of Cold War paranoia and eccentricity: an improbable outpost that was expensive to build, difficult to maintain, and unpleasant to live within. Jon Gertner, WIRED, "The Top Secret Cold War Project That Pulled Climate Science From the Ice," 12 June 2019 News flew around the dance hall that Carlinhos Dória, the unpleasant Mangueira president, was dead. Alma Guillermoprieto, The New York Review of Books, "A Reporting Life in Latin America," 6 June 2019 Harry's devotion to his wife has led the prince to feel intensely protective of Meghan as a tsunami of media attention has been focused on her—not all of it fact-based and some of it deeply unpleasant. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "How Meghan Markle Is Making the Role of Duchess Her Own," 19 May 2019 This unpleasant sensation is just another side-effect of spending too much time in the sun without protective skincare. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Why Your Sunburn Itches — And How to Stop It," 19 Apr. 2019 At first, shingles usually causes unpleasant sensations like pain, burning, numbness, and tingling. Korin Miller, SELF, "9 Questions That Will Help You Decode That Skin Rash," 22 Mar. 2019 Some facial wipes have given my skin an unpleasant burning sensation or dryness afterward. Glamour, "Amazon Just Launched Its Own Skin Care Line, and Everything Is Under $40," 20 Mar. 2019

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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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More Definitions for unpleasant

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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