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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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 only problem is the food spoiled really easily under the hot production lights and created a super unpleasant odor. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "33 Mind-Blowing "Harry Potter" Movie Facts That'll Make You Want to Watch Them All Over Again," 31 Jan. 2019 Sitting in a car for hours on end can be an unpleasant experience—for you the driver, but also for your car seats. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Ford's Sweaty Robutt is The Perfect Rear End Test," 11 Jan. 2019 On Tuesday, actor Guy Pearce hinted at an unpleasant experience while working with Spacey. Michele Corriston, PEOPLE.com, "Kevin Spacey Is Being Investigated for 3 New Sexual Assault Allegations in London," 3 July 2018 Why spend so much money on an unpleasant experience? Connie Wang, refinery29.com, "The Pain & Privilege Of Traveling With Anthony Bourdain," 8 June 2018 So far in 2019, biotech investors should be able to forget that unpleasant recent history. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Good News for Biotech: Shoppers Unfazed by Selloff," 7 Jan. 2019 The lack of attention to urban design appropriate for the subarctic has created a downtown where the streets are unpleasant to walk along for at least half of the year. Anchorage Daily News, "Housing alone won’t revitalize downtown Anchorage," 5 Mar. 2018 These changes to refunds are providing unpleasant surprises to those who typically use them to help make major purchases or pay down debt. Laura Saunders, WSJ, "What You Need to Know About the New Tax Law (Now That You’re Doing Your Taxes)," 15 Feb. 2019 Hermann argues that a trip in an electric car will save you from having to visit gas stations, which are universally unpleasant in his estimation. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "The Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV’s best feature are its three USB-C ports," 4 Oct. 2018

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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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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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