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 unsympathetic (audio) \ adverb
commenting unsympathetically

Examples of unsympathetic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For one eternal moment, Ousland stared into the unsympathetic depths of the Arctic Ocean and his own mortality. Adventure, "The untold story of the boldest polar expedition of modern times," 23 Dec. 2020 Harrison is thoroughly the villain of the piece, always venal and vicious, always untrustworthy and unsympathetic. Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘Tecumseh and the Prophet’ shines a light on Native American resistance," 14 Dec. 2020 Chief Justice John Roberts and Barrett were unsympathetic. Aaron Tang, Star Tribune, "Court sends decidedly centrist signals," 30 Nov. 2020 To an unsympathetic listener, Costello can sound twee in studio, especially surrounded by Nieve’s filigrees. David A. Graham, The Atlantic, "Why a 41-Year-Old Record About Fascism Matters Now," 30 Nov. 2020 Judges, too, with packed schedules and rigid rules of courtroom conduct, were often unsympathetic to defendants’ desire to make a case for themselves in court by, for example, attempting to file motions against their lawyers’ instructions. Andrew Martin, Harper's Magazine, "New Books," 24 Nov. 2020 The cumulative effect was, unsurprisingly, wide-scale burnout among employees and high turnover, to which Neumann was largely unsympathetic. J.c. Pan, The New Republic, "How WeWork Got Away With Spectacular Failure," 24 Nov. 2020 On Wednesday, however, posts on Chinese social-media platforms were largely unsympathetic toward Ma. Enda Curran, Bloomberg.com, "Derailing of Jack Ma’s Ant IPO Shows Xi Jinping’s in Charge," 4 Nov. 2020 In that short time, Thunberg, a 17-year-old Swede, has become a figure of international standing, able to meet with sympathetic world leaders and rattle the unsympathetic. David Marchesephoto Illustration By Bráulio Amado, New York Times, "Greta Thunberg Hears Your Excuses. She Is Not Impressed.," 30 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of unsympathetic

1823, in the meaning defined above

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14 Jan 2021

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“Unsympathetic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsympathetic. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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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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