un·​pleas·​ant·​ness | \ˌən-ˈple-zᵊnt-nəs \

Definition of unpleasantness 

1 : the quality or state of being unpleasant

2 : an unpleasant situation, experience, or event

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Or perhaps all the hiking, biking, kayaking, and SUP-ing opportunities that help residents work out any, er, unpleasantness. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Friendliest Cities in the U.S.," 8 Aug. 2018 Mike was added to a revised and expanded list that September, possibly to avoid any unpleasantness at the Lee family Thanksgiving dinner. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "The First Big SCOTUS Rumor Sends Senator Mike Lee to the Bench," 28 June 2018 Dew points are a couple points higher as well, which just adds to the utter unpleasantness. Brian Jackson, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Sweltering conditions will persist through Independence Day," 1 July 2018 This is a more traditional horror setting than the well-manicured mansions of Brookline, Massachusetts, and The Handmaid’s Tale doesn’t skimp on the visual unpleasantness. Anna Silman, The Cut, "The Most Traumatizing Moments From The Handmaid’s Tale Season Premiere," 25 Apr. 2018 In addition to human tempers, a Mars and Saturn meetup (with Mercury Rx in the mix) creates a state of general unpleasantness: traffic snarls, court summons, app crashes, looming deadlines, insecurity, and fears of failure. refinery29.com, "Your Horoscope This Week," 25 Mar. 2018 Mute contains some unwelcome passages of cruelty and homophobia, and a subplot revealing Duck to be a pedophile only adds to the unpleasantness. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "Film / Small Screen The future is now in Duncan Jones's Mute," 16 Mar. 2018 And, like the ways in which the dominant American culture would subsequently respond to waves of immigrants from China, Southern and Eastern Europe and, more recently, Latin America, there was much unpleasantness. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Twisting the dragon's tail," 8 Mar. 2018 There was conspicuously no mention in the Saudi news media of the unpleasantness of the earlier trip by Mr. Hariri, the leader of Lebanon’s main Sunni Muslim political coalition and a longtime Saudi ally. Rick Gladstone, New York Times, "Confined on His Last Trip to Saudi Arabia, Lebanon’s Leader Returns on Better Terms," 1 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of unpleasantness

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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