unsavory

adjective
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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Otherwise, skipping just a day will be evident by way of unsavory flaking and sallowness. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The Pro’s Guide to Managing Sensitive Skin This Winter," 27 Dec. 2018 Among the unsavory characters who found refuge in 1934 at 334 Riverside, which by then had been renovated into a rooming house, was the book’s title character — Bernard (Bennie the Bum) McMahon. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Escape from New York, or Embracing It Within One City Block," 31 Jan. 2018 Koh Tao, though popular with foreign backpackers, has gained an unsavory reputation since the murders of British nationals Hannah Witheridge and David Miller, who were beaten to death on a beach there in 2014. Fox News, "Thai police arrest 12 for sharing Facebook rape allegation," 6 Sep. 2018 Britain has never had—and looks unlikely to ever have—a systematic reckoning with its unsavory history, choosing willed oblivion instead. Neel Mukherjee, WSJ, "‘The Last Englishmen’ Review: India, Everest and Empire," 23 Aug. 2018 On Sunday, Oliver raised questions about EOS’s status and alluded to Pierce having an unsavory history. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Why the Cofounder of This Hot Crytocurrency Startup Is Out After John Oliver Criticized Him on 'Last Week Tonight'," 16 Mar. 2018 Trump’s words have been parroted by other people accused of unsavory acts in recent months. Allyson Chiu, The Seattle Times, "Man accused of groping woman on flight invokes Trump," 23 Oct. 2018 Meanwhile, the drip-drip of revelations will continue to dent the image of the GRU, but not deter it from unsavory actions, experts said. Angela Charlton, The Seattle Times, "New blow to GRU: More Russian military spies exposed," 26 Oct. 2018 These days, that means someone is undoubtedly looking through your old social media, and for Israel, this brought up a lot of unsavory stuff. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, ""To All the Boys I've Loved Before" Star Israel Broussard Gets Slammed for Problematic Tweets," 22 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of unsavory

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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unsavory

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unsavory

: unpleasant or offensive

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