un·​sym·​pa·​thet·​ic | \ ˌən-ˌsim-pə-ˈthe-tik How to pronounce unsympathetic (audio) \

Definition of unsympathetic

: not given to, marked by, or arising from sympathy : not sympathetic an unsympathetic bystander an unsympathetic review

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unsympathetically \ ˌən-​ˌsim-​pə-​ˈthe-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce unsympathetically (audio) \ adverb
commenting unsympathetically

Examples of unsympathetic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While Roosevelt was not unsympathetic to the plight of Europe’s Jews, during the early years of his administration his chief concerns were domestic, focused on boosting employment and fostering an economic recovery. Donna Rifkind, Time, "Refugees Fleeing Nazi Germany Reshaped Hollywood. This Forgotten Woman Helped Make It Possible," 2 Jan. 2020 Fires, droughts, and outbreaks surge with a kind of unsympathetic wildness. Jason Parham, Wired, "Depth of Field: Greta Thunberg Takes on the World," 13 Dec. 2019 The company and its owners the Sackler family became the unsympathetic faces of the epidemic, drawing extra scrutiny and legal ire. Washington Post, "Purdue Pharma’s Bankruptcy Is Far From Opioid Closure," 17 Sep. 2019 But to emphasize the repressive power of the closet minimizes the responsibility of Thorpe, who, superficial charm aside, was a deeply unsympathetic figure. James Kirchick, The New York Review of Books, "James Kirchick," 10 Jan. 2019 Sa knew that her mother was unsympathetic to the protests. Jiayang Fan, The New Yorker, "Hong Kong’s Protest Movement and the Fight for the City’s Soul," 9 Dec. 2019 Meanwhile, Oregon Ducks fans have been less than unsympathetic to their former coach’s plight due to the way in which Taggart fled the Ducks after just one season. Tim Brown, oregonlive, "'You hate to see it’: Fans, media react to Willie Taggart being fired by Florida State," 3 Nov. 2019 Some protesters have targeted shops, restaurants and banks viewed as unsympathetic to their cause, smashing in windows, vandalizing storefronts with graffiti and even setting fire to some properties. Sherisse Pham, CNN, "Hong Kong's first recession in a decade could be even worse than feared," 31 Oct. 2019 Even in the worst-case scenario, an unsympathetic agent might confiscate the drugs — but not arrest you. Los Angeles Times, "Here’s what can go wrong when you shop in Mexico and Canada for cheap drugs," 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of unsympathetic

1823, in the meaning defined above

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14 Jan 2020

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“Unsympathetic.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsympathetic. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unsympathetic

: not feeling or showing concern about someone who is in a bad situation
: not having or showing support for or approval of something
: not having pleasant or appealing qualities

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a feeling of well-being or elation

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