un·​sa·​vory | \ ˌən-ˈsā-və-rē How to pronounce unsavory (audio) , -ˈsāv-rē \

Definition of unsavory

2a : unpleasant to taste or smell
b : disagreeable, distasteful an unsavory assignment especially : morally offensive unsavory business practices

Examples of unsavory in a Sentence

He is an unsavory character. an unsavory blend of spices that simply overwhelmed the fish's delicate flavor
Recent Examples on the Web That Paul found fame as an unsavory internet prankster could be a reason the boxing community has been so reluctant to accept him. Justin Birnbaum, Forbes, 18 May 2022 The assaults against the teaching of the unsavory parts of American history, or indeed in some cases of mentioning them at all, are growing in scope and momentum as this election year heats up. Peniel E. Joseph, CNN, 29 Apr. 2022 To Nixon and Kissinger, winning the Vietnam War, or at least ending it in a way the American public would find acceptable, meant taking unsavory actions, including carpet-bombing Cambodia. Jeffrey Fields, The Conversation, 4 Apr. 2022 It is considered an appeal to the middle as time ticks toward midterm elections that could have unsavory outcomes for Democrats. Rick Klein, ABC News, 29 Mar. 2022 Will Smith defended Jada Pinkett Smith after Chris Rock made an unsavory joke about her baldness—a symptom of her alopecia diagnosis, which causes hair loss—during the 2022 Oscars ceremony. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 Mar. 2022 However, his latest comments are sure to call attention to his efforts to justify Intel’s continued business in China — and the unsavory moral compromises necessary to maintain it . . . Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 25 Mar. 2022 Better for your career to pursue a path that never requires you to give unsavory defendants a defense. Noah Millman, The Week, 24 Mar. 2022 There is still the unsavory matter of the C40 Recharge’s roughly $12,000 higher price than its high-spec siblings like the T5 Inscription. Dan Neil, WSJ, 22 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unsavory

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 May 2022

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“Unsavory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsavory. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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