un·​pre·​pos·​sess·​ing | \ˌən-ˌprē-pə-ˈze-siŋ also -ˈse- \

Definition of unprepossessing 

: not tending to create a favorable impression : not prepossessing an unprepossessing figure an unprepossessing restaurant

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For a long time it was housed in a dingy former military building in an unprepossessing part of the city. The Economist, "China fights Taiwan on airline websites," 14 June 2018 Although Charles was a physically unprepossessing figure, he is made more magnificent by clothes, armor, jewels, and by his setting—atop a frisky slobbering steed, or enthroned before a robust column. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "In London, Investigating the Personal Collection of an Art-Obsessed Royal," 17 Feb. 2018 Design professionals have a knack for finding charm in the most unprepossessing buildings, and Richard McGeehan is no exception. Hilary Robertson, ELLE Decor, "Far Afield," 7 Feb. 2012 Still, there is the central mystery of how an unprepossessing former scientist became the first female chancellor of a country that had never even had a queen. Kati Marton, Vogue, "How Angela Merkel Became the Most Powerful Woman in the World," 18 July 2017 In Christchurch, New Zealand, one of the world’s most unprepossessing contemporary churches manages to be among the most spectacular and celebrated. Tom L. Freudenheim, WSJ, "The Cardboard Cathedral: An Architectural Resurrection Story," 2 June 2017 Early scholars were quick to realize that the unprepossessing object was a sundial, though some experts argued that it was modeled after a water jug rather than a ham. National Geographic, "Ancient Sundial Shaped Like Ham Was Roman Pocket Watch," 19 Jan. 2017 Sometimes movies with the most unprepossessing titles can surprise you. Andy Webster, New York Times, "Review: Horses Under the Hood? In ‘Monster Trucks,’ Try a Cephalopod," 12 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of unprepossessing

1790, in the meaning defined above

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