un·sa·vory | \ ˌən-ˈsā-və-rē , -ˈsāv-rē \

Definition of unsavory 

2a : unpleasant to taste or smell

b : disagreeable, distasteful an unsavory assignment especially : morally offensive unsavory business practices

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Examples of unsavory in a Sentence

He is an unsavory character. an unsavory blend of spices that simply overwhelmed the fish's delicate flavor

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The retro clip has Musgraves living out her 9-to-5 fantasies at bland 1970s-looking office with some unsavory, kind of gross coworkers. Alessandra Rincón, Billboard, "Kacey Musgraves Leaves it All on the Dancefloor in Sassy Disco Country 'High Horse' Video: Watch," 12 July 2018 LeSean McCoy has been connected with yet another unsavory incident. Marcus Hayes, Philly.com, "Since I was asked: LeSean McCoy handled his issues with me aggressively | Marcus Hayes," 11 July 2018 Here, a brief timeline of Trump's somewhat unsavory history with the Princess Diana, Duchess Kate, and the rest of the Windsors. Trump Courts Princess Diana. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "A Brief History of Donald Trump’s Controversial Interactions with the British Royal Family," 9 July 2018 But much like his mentor and patron, Ailes, Shine had a long tenure that was clouded by unsavory allegations and associations with darker chapters in the network’s history. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Former Fox executive Bill Shine joins White House as communications chief," 5 July 2018 As an international fixer, Mr. Giuliani has developed something of a niche for working in — and with — troubled or unsavory regimes. New York Times, "In Defending Trump, Giuliani Will Lean on His Rolodex and Reputation," 20 Apr. 2018 All sorts of unsavory, untrustworthy dudes appear in her songs, most of which she co-writes. Dan Deluca, Philly.com, "Carrie Underwood opens the new Hard Rock on comeback weekend in Atlantic City," 30 June 2018 But much like his mentor and patron, Ailes, Shine's long tenure was clouded by unsavory allegations and associations with darker chapters in the network's history. Paul Farhi And Felicia Sonmez, chicagotribune.com, "Former Fox News executive Bill Shine joins Trump White House as deputy chief of staff for communications," 5 July 2018 Drake’s lyrics about Sophie Brussaux, the former adult actress who reportedly gave birth to his son, Adonis, are unsavory at best. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Drake’s Scorpion, as Explained by an Astrologer and an Entomologist," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of unsavory

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: unpleasant or offensive

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