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 In 2009, people in Tibet began to suffer from a novel form of unpleasantness—unconnected to the torment of living under Chinese rule. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, "‘The Next Great Migration’ Review: A World in Motion," 1 Jan. 2021 Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a condition that has few noticeable symptoms but which can lead to all sorts of unpleasantness in the long run. Richard Baguley, Wired, "5 Ways to Monitor Your Blood Pressure Wherever You Are," 22 Dec. 2020 For a fraction of people, getting these first COVID-19 vaccines could be unpleasant—more than the usual unpleasantness of getting a shot. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "What the Vaccine’s Side Effects Feel Like," 19 Dec. 2020 In his view, women might coin euphemisms to avoid unpleasantness, but men were responsible for slang, where the vibrancy, creativity, and vitality of language could be found. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, "Flappers said ‘baloney!’ to the idea that slang was for men," 10 Dec. 2020 In January 2019, two Israeli Air Force pilots experienced the unpleasantness of unprotected flight when the canopy detached from their F-15I Eagle. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch Russia Fly Its New Fighter Jet with the Top Down, As a Flex," 7 Oct. 2020 These can include essentially nothing; mild flu-like systems; serious but not life-threatening unpleasantness for a week or two; heart problems; severe respiratory problems requiring hospitalization; and worse. Cass R. Sunstein Bloomberg Opinion (tns), Star Tribune, "What happens if Trump is 'unable' to govern," 3 Oct. 2020 Trump’s role as a controversial figure and a punchline — even if the show tried to gloss over that unpleasantness. Washington Post, "Early reviews of ‘The Apprentice’ saw through Trump’s failures as a businessman. It didn’t stop the show from being a runaway hit.," 2 Oct. 2020 Adapting Dale Ray Pollock's grim novel, awful characters proceed along parallel tracks, en route to a whole lot of violence and unpleasantness. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'The Devil All the Time' strands its super-star cast in a grim Netflix thriller," 16 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of unpleasantness

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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9 Jan 2021

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“Unpleasantness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpleasantness. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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