unpleasantness

noun

un·​pleas·​ant·​ness ˌən-ˈple-zᵊnt-nəs How to pronounce unpleasantness (audio)
1
: the quality or state of being unpleasant
2
: an unpleasant situation, experience, or event

Examples of unpleasantness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to a small Canadian study published October 25 in the journal Frontiers in Pain Research, listening to our favorite music can reduce pain intensity and bittersweet music specifically can help reduce the general unpleasantness of pain. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 25 Oct. 2023 Recently, travelers have been turning to buses to avoid the unpleasantness of flying, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 17 July 2023 Directed by Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, the French filmmakers who made an indelible impact on their country's extreme horror movement with the equally vicious, but far more entertaining Inside (2007), this saturnine origin story has suspense confused with outright unpleasantness. Declan Gallagher, EW.com, 24 Oct. 2022 What was supposed to be an idyllic weekend slowly starts unraveling as the Danes try to stay polite in the face of unpleasantness. Natalie Lin, Vulture, 12 Jan. 2022 So suck it up and face the unpleasantness. Anna Pulley, Chicago Tribune, 16 Nov. 2022 But so far, very little of that unpleasantness seems to have seeped into the secluded, absurd world of competitive Excel. Jacob Stern, The Atlantic, 1 Dec. 2022 Many families report avoiding the subject altogether at holiday gatherings for fear of spoiling the occasion by inviting unpleasantness between kin of different views. David Axelrod, CNN, 3 Jan. 2023 The unpleasantness that has rankled Nashville was successfully swept under the rug on the CMAs broadcast. Emily Yahr, Washington Post, 11 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of unpleasantness was in 1546

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“Unpleasantness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpleasantness. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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