un·​sym·​pa·​thet·​ic ˌən-ˌsim-pə-ˈthe-tik How to pronounce unsympathetic (audio)
: not given to, marked by, or arising from sympathy : not sympathetic
an unsympathetic bystander
an unsympathetic review
unsympathetically adverb
commenting unsympathetically

Examples of unsympathetic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As heavy rain turns Burning Man 2023 into a muddy mess, a deluge of unsympathetic jokes has swamped the internet outside Black Rock City, the temporary location built annually for the nine-day festival in the remote desert of Nevada. Angela Yang, NBC News, 3 Sep. 2023 The word gets batted around a lot, but there’s little in Galliano’s unsympathetic demeanor in the interviews shot for High & Low to suggest much more than lip service. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Sep. 2023 To the unsympathetic eye, the Edgar is a peculiar haircut, so childlike and unflattering as to be offensive. Myriam Gurba, Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2023 Malone’s biggest concern were the people taking to the street -- with unsympathetic oncoming traffic approaching. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 25 July 2023 This new case may be thorny for the gun lobby considering Rahimi's criminal history, but some gun rights groups argue that even if Rahimi is an unsympathetic figure, the federal law is still inconsistent in their view with a Second Amendment. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 13 July 2023 The company's board fellows will not have voting rights. - Workers may find their demands for flexible schedules fall on unsympathetic ears. Lila MacLellan, Fortune, 17 Feb. 2023 Maybe the people in his life are especially unsympathetic. Peter C. Baker, The New Yorker, 23 Jan. 2023 Residents include party-loving Vi (Jillian Nguyen), the peevish and troubled Cathy (Bev Killick), unsympathetic Renee (Lucinda Armstrong Hall), who has an infant and finds Shayda handy for babysitting, and Lara (Eve Morey), a Brit who hasn’t seen her son in more than two years. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1823, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unsympathetic was in 1823

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“Unsympathetic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsympathetic. Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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