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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The defensive measures have resulted in unpleasant interactions on occasion, but also new forms of decorum. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 25 Nov. 2021 The tension and animosity between her and her fellow panelists that radiated off the screen was apparently genuine, and for McCain, deeply unpleasant. Washington Post, 23 Oct. 2021 After such an unpleasant experience the first time around, getting COVID-19 again is hardly a welcome experience. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, 3 Nov. 2021 Cardon said people under 65 without any significant health issues must weigh the potentially minor benefit of a booster shot against the possibility of unpleasant side effects. Alex Putterman, courant.com, 21 Oct. 2021 In addition, acupuncture — unlike morphine — led to no unpleasant side effects and has no risk of addiction. Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2021 In addition, most of press conferences on the media day where held in vendor booths with little or no seating, which forced everyone to crowd around the booths, an unpleasant experience to put it mildly. Jim Mcgregor, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 But too much of a dose, and the vaccine could trigger disease or unpleasant side effects, Subbarao said. Helen Branswell, STAT, 12 Aug. 2021 Navigating the concourses of baseball stadiums is typically an unpleasant experience, comparable in pain to walking across Disneyland or a crowded train station. Dylan Hernández Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of unpleasant

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unpleasant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpleasant. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unpleasant

: not pleasant or enjoyable : causing discomfort or pain
: not friendly


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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