un·​pre·​pos·​sess·​ing | \ ˌən-ˌprē-pə-ˈze-siŋ How to pronounce unprepossessing (audio) also -ˈse- \

Definition of unprepossessing

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

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Recent Examples on the Web An unprepossessing wood-frame rowhouse from the 1850s, it is now covered in aluminum siding; a third floor has been added since Whitman lived here with his parents and four of his brothers. Jane Margolies, New York Times, "Should Walt Whitman’s House Be Landmarked? It’s Complicated," 24 Dec. 2019 But to know any of that you’d have to see beyond their unprepossessing appearances. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, "Ida and Louise Cook, Two Unusual Heroines of the Second World War," 3 Sep. 2019 The couple lived in an unprepossessing apartment above a dentist named Goris. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "The Empty Promise of Boris Johnson," 13 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of unprepossessing

1790, in the meaning defined above

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“Unprepossessing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unprepossessing. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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