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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Hunt's nervy performance as the outwardly unsympathetic Jackie, struggling to remain a dutiful wife and loving mother in the face of bitter recriminations and sinister revelations, is finely rendered. Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'I See You': Film Review | Edinburgh 2019," 8 July 2019 Too bad for Christian and his unsympathetic friends (Will Poulter, William Jackson Harper, Vilhelm Blomgren) that Dani’s family crisis makes the otherwise imminent split all but impossible. Lindsey Bahr, Detroit Free Press, "Horror film ‘Midsommar’ casts a disorienting spell on audiences," 3 July 2019 Abby, unlikable but not wholly unsympathetic, sees through people to the point of looking right past them. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Female Friendships Are the Best, Until They Aren't," 20 June 2019 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of my return, a customer service agent at South African Airways received an angry note from me, citing the airline’s outdated planes and unsympathetic flight attendants.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

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First Known Use of unsympathetic

1823, in the meaning defined above

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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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