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 Overlaps between the unpleasantness of the real word and the optimism of the technology industry is nothing new. Washington Post, "CES shows us a future with flying cars — but can’t avoid the reality of climate change, pollution and war," 9 Jan. 2020 Herbal supplements, yoga and faddy diets—to which some turn in the absence of medical help—may alleviate the unpleasantness of menopause but do not offer the long-term health benefits of HRT. The Economist, "More women should take hormone-replacement therapy," 12 Dec. 2019 Sugar alcohols, particularly when consumed excessively, can cause an unpleasantness known as osmotic diarrhea. Jenny Mcco, SELF, "So You Pooped Your Pants on a Run. Here’s How to Make Sure It (Probably) Doesn’t Happen Again," 12 Dec. 2019 This unpleasantness isn’t swept under the rug or converted into something readily digestible. Nathaniel Friedman, The New Republic, "Moments Without Truth," 21 Oct. 2019 Besotted with the notion of its own audacity — as if willful unpleasantness were a form of artistic courage — the film turns out to be afraid of its own shadow, or at least of the faintest shadow of any actual relevance. New York Times, "‘Joker’ Review: Are You Kidding Me?," 3 Oct. 2019 It’s time for the regulator to do its job, regardless of the unpleasantness that crawls out. Andy Mukherjee | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "India Must Clean Up or Clear Out Dodgy Brokers," 26 Nov. 2019 Tear-gas, for all its unpleasantness, often spares lives. The Economist, "A crying shame Banned in warfare, is tear-gas too readily used to control crowds?," 12 Nov. 2019 None of this dismisses the unpleasantness of being criticized by former neighbors or maligned by figures in the Irish establishment. Ian Parker, The New Yorker, "Edna O’Brien Is Still Writing About Women on the Run," 7 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of unpleasantness

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Jan 2020

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“Unpleasantness.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpleasantness. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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