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 Those ruts dried and created a bumpy, unpleasant experience for motorists. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "Is a drunken cow really the reason that Spenard Road is so curvy?," 22 May 2020 Were the unpleasant experiences of movie stars an appropriate subject? Anne Diebel, The New York Review of Books, "The Good Guy," 28 Jan. 2020 On many ships—even large ones—traveling through such seas is an unpleasant experience. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "How the Zumwalt’s Strange Design Actually Helps It Handle Rough Waters," 25 Jan. 2020 Some types of butterflies can produce cyanide-like toxins, making them very unpleasant prey. Lila Thulin, Smithsonian, "What butterflies’ Colorful Wing Patterns Can Teach Us About Evolution," 18 Nov. 2019 Great performance and impressive filmmaking, but a rather unpleasant experience overall. Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, ""Outstanding," "Irresponsible": Oscar Voters React to 'Joker,' With Many Avoiding It," 7 Oct. 2019 The symptoms, described by famous Roman physician Galen, were unpleasant: diarrhea, coughing, fever, dry throat and the aforementioned papules. Fox News, "History's 5 deadliest pandemics and epidemics," 22 Apr. 2020 The Arizona Diamondbacks saw something unpleasant Friday night against the San Francisco Giants when Ketel Marte exited the game in the third inning with an apparent left leg injury. Jenna Ortiz, azcentral, "Arizona Diamondbacks' Ketel Marte exits the game with apparent left leg injury," 21 June 2019 The patient recalls clearly how unpleasant the test for the respiratory virus was. Lisa Sanders, New York Times, "Her M.R.I. Came Back Normal After a Seizure. Could It Be Covid-19?," 30 Apr. 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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2 Jun 2020

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“Unpleasant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpleasant. Accessed 7 Jun. 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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