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

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Afterward, the unsympathetic Wyoming judge promptly departed for the Mediterranean—on Harry Sinclair’s yacht. Andrew Coan, WSJ, "Why Robert Mueller’s Predecessors Usually Didn’t Prevail," 25 Jan. 2019 Some people who consult on corporate diversity programs were unsympathetic to Mr. Schnatter’s contentions. Julie Jargon, WSJ, "Papa John’s Founder Says Resignation Was a Mistake," 17 July 2018 So far, Gee has been totally unsympathetic to the Trump administration’s arguments that things have changed since 1997 and the Flores settlement should change to meet them. Dara Lind, Vox, "Trump’s new plan to detain immigrant families indefinitely, explained," 6 Sep. 2018 Well before his election, Mr. Macron displayed a penchant for sounding dismissive and unsympathetic when talking to unemployed people, labor union members and retirees. Alissa J. Rubin, New York Times, "That’s ‘Mr. President’ to You: Macron Scolds French Student," 19 June 2018 Within a week of my return, a customer service agent at South African Airways received an angry note from me, citing the airline’s outdated planes and unsympathetic flight attendants. Fortune, "The Best and Worst Airlines and Airports of 2018: AirHelp," 6 June 2018 What we’re left with is just Julia, a random, boring, unsympathetic woman with a thing stuck in her head. Jason Kehe, WIRED, "Sci-Fi Invades Netflix—as They Both Invade Your Home," 9 July 2018 But left populists are not entirely unsympathetic to economic nationalism or stronger border controls. Ted Rall, WSJ, "The Progressives Who Don’t Hate Trump," 2 July 2018 There the politically unsympathetic owner of a vast ranch showed his decency by loaning horses and men for the trek over the Andes. Benjamin Kunkel, The New Republic, "The partisan world of Pablo Neruda," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of unsympathetic

1823, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unsympathetic was in 1823

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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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