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unlovely

[uhn-luhv-lee] /ʌnˈlʌv li/
adjective
1.
not lovely; without beauty or charm.
2.
harsh or repellent in character; unpleasant; disagreeable; objectionable.
Origin of unlovely
1350-1400
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at un-1, lovely
Related forms
unloveliness, noun
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  • The God of truth cannot love the unlovely in the same way as he loves the lovely.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • How hard is the doing of the thought in the face of a thousand unlovely difficulties!

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Never before had the life into which she was born looked so unlovely to her.

    A Singer from the Sea Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • It was an unlovely face, but its unloveliness lay in its expression.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
  • She speaks bitterly, and turns from him with an unlovely laugh.

    Molly Bawn Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  • What did it matter if the case was unlovely since it held her?

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan
  • Must I bear the awful burden of authority, that unlovely appendage to youth?

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
British Dictionary definitions for unlovely

unlovely

/ʌnˈlʌvlɪ/
adjective
1.
unpleasant in appearance
2.
unpleasant in character
Derived Forms
unloveliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unlovely
adj.

late 14c., "not evoking feelings of love," from un- (1) "not" + lovely. Meaning "ugly" is recorded from 1390s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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