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[uhn-es-thet-ik or, esp. British, -ees-] /ˌʌn ɛsˈθɛt ɪk or, esp. British, -is-/
offensive to the aesthetic sense; lacking in beauty or sensory appeal; unpleasant, as an object, design, arrangement, etc.:
an unaesthetic combination of colors.
Also, unesthetic, unaesthetical.
Origin of unaesthetic
First recorded in 1825-35; un-1 + aesthetic
Related forms
unaesthetically, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • And, for the unaesthetic but effective Attila, an able fashioner of pork products from Chicago.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Addio to the German gentleman with the unaesthetic ailments!

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • After this ringing indictment it surprised no Whipple to read that we had become intolerant, materialistic, unaesthetic.

    The Wrong Twin Harry Leon Wilson
  • I remember the first one very well, and I always think of it with indignation; everything was so crude, unaesthetic, primeval.

    Mark Twain's Speeches Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Instead of calling it the fair, it would have been better to call it the unaesthetic sex.

  • He shrank from them all, as too downright, bluff, and active; too worldly and unaesthetic; or too stiff and narrow.

    Saint's Progress John Galsworthy
  • Easy of access, and for the most part fertile, they were an ideal country for that unaesthetic person, the practical settler.

    The Long White Cloud

    William Pember Reeves
  • Everyone sometimes uses "beauty" in an unaesthetic sense; most people habitually do so.


    Clive Bell
  • To everyone, except perhaps here and there an occasional aesthete, the commonest sense of the word is unaesthetic.


    Clive Bell

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