un·​pleas·​ant·​ness | \ ˌən-ˈple-zᵊnt-nəs How to pronounce unpleasantness (audio) \

Definition of unpleasantness

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 Even people who adored Manolete always managed to tack on some gratuitous cheap shot about the unpleasantness of his face. New York Times, 3 May 2022 Desperate to return to the 2015 nuclear deal, the administration wants to avoid any unpleasantness with Tehran’s clerical regime. Jonathan Schanzer And Matthew Zweig, WSJ, 25 Jan. 2022 If Thomas' Firestarter never really exploits the body-horror potential of a power that allows its wielder to literally boil the blood of their victims, the film does also have moments of genuine unpleasantness absent from the original. Clark Collis, EW.com, 14 May 2022 In the overwhelming majority of cases, the shots turn a positive diagnosis (breakthrough infection) into a few days of unpleasantness rather than a life-threatening event. Damon Linker, The Week, 13 Apr. 2022 You may also be assured that her family’s generous past behavior has nothing to do with this current unpleasantness. Washington Post, 14 Jan. 2022 In addition to cannibalism, the film features rape, the real-life killing of animals, and assorted other unpleasantness. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 14 Mar. 2022 Presumably, the Biden team figured that a hint of anything else might provoke some unpleasantness. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, 3 Mar. 2022 On January 28, Cramer recommended a few stocks that have fallen sharply in this year’s stock-market unpleasantness. John Dorfman, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unpleasantness

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unpleasantness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpleasantness. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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