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 Bieber’s performances, one of which included an assist from Chicago’s Chance the Rapper, were both remarkably earnest, a strange but not-unpleasant diversion from the rest of the show’s tone. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "SNL Is Best When It Doesn’t Take Itself So Seriously," 18 Oct. 2020 On the latest episode of Paltrow's Goop podcast, the pair got extremely candid about their worst on-screen kisses, People reports—and Hudson's story in particular is profoundly unpleasant. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Kate Hudson and Gwyneth Paltrow Talked About Their Worst On-Screen Kisses," 15 Oct. 2020 Pine creates a sooty, unpleasant flavor, and oak was typically destined to be furniture or construction material that was too valuable to burn, says Matthias Trum, the brewmaster at Bamberg’s Schlenkerla Brauerei. Matt Allyn, Popular Mechanics, "Rauchbier Is the Best Fall Beer," 14 Oct. 2020 If unripe or overripe, pawpaws take on an unpleasant astringent flavor. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "Northeast Ohio pawpaw orchard finds popularity this season," 21 Sep. 2020 The management locked the bathrooms at night, the man said, and made sure the water temperature of the faucets was unpleasant for sustained use. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, "Reason Not the Need," 15 Sep. 2020 After those fires’ initial damage was done, some wineries also found their crop ruined by smoke taint — a phenomenon that occurs when smoke lingers in the air and imbues wine grapes with an unpleasant, irreversible smoky flavor. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Wildfires near California wineries compound issues in an unusually tough harvest season," 19 Aug. 2020 Temperatures of 100-plus degrees are difficult to tolerate in the shade and are even more unpleasant if there is no shade. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Calvin Finch: How to select and best grow shade trees in your San Antonio garden," 8 Oct. 2020 The area is politically mixed, and sometimes her encounters are unpleasant. Eliza Griswold, The New Yorker, "Does Door-Knocking Matter?," 6 Oct. 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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22 Oct 2020

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“Unpleasant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpleasant. Accessed 26 Oct. 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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