un·​sym·​pa·​thet·​ic | \ˌən-ˌsim-pə-ˈthe-tik \

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 \ adverb
commenting unsympathetically

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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of my return, a customer service agent at South African Airways received an angry note from me, citing the airline’s outdated planes and unsympathetic flight attendants.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 O'Dowd also stretches himself in a complex, and often unsympathetic, role as a man spiraling out of control and using infidelity as his coping mechanism. Katie Walsh, latimes.com, "Andie MacDowell scores a comeback role in the dark family drama 'Love After Love'," 5 Apr. 2018 Rick Kortes’ wife, Mary, now 47, also was unsympathetic. Stephen Hudak, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Father whose son died in hit-and-run softened his harsh opinion of driver found dead," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of unsympathetic

1823, in the meaning defined above

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