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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The first lady's office explained there was not room on the plane for Shulkin's wife, and officials said the secretary was unpleasant during the trip. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Trump plans to replace McMaster, maybe others," 15 Mar. 2018 Your treatment is causing side effects that are extremely unpleasant. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "5 Signs Your Dry Eye Treatment Isn’t Working for You," 14 Dec. 2018 Headaches are unpleasant, too, but are typically less severe than migraines and don't usually present with other symptoms besides the pressure and aching in the head. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, "Everything You Need to Know About Getting Botox Injections for Migraines," 8 Aug. 2018 At the core of the joke is the complaint that the Trump administration is destructive in an aesthetically unpleasant way. Constance Grady, Vox, "What it means that we keep talking about America like it’s a TV show," 27 Dec. 2018 That’s in part because Juul uses a form of nicotine that’s less harsh, and therefore less unpleasant to people who aren’t used to inhaling the stuff, King says. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "What it means that the Surgeon General now calls vaping an ‘epidemic’," 18 Dec. 2018 The trap could result in a surprisingly unpleasant tax hit that needn’t have occurred with number-crunching and proper timing. Tom Herman, WSJ, "Mutual-Fund Investors, Beware: There’s a Tax Trap Waiting for You," 21 Oct. 2018 The charm could be disarming, a way of making the sometimes unpleasant hothouse of American government and politics more, well, fun. Laurie Kellman, The Seattle Times, "McCain had a ‘wicked’ wit that he often aimed at himself," 27 Aug. 2018 The group said that the initial test does not have to be a colonoscopy, a procedure that typically requires a day off from work and an often-unpleasant bowel cleansing routine. Kim Painter, USA TODAY, "Start colon cancer screening at 45, not 50, American Cancer Society urges," 30 May 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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