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[uhn-plez-uh nt] /ʌnˈplɛz ənt/
not pleasant; displeasing; disagreeable; offensive:
an unpleasant taste; an unpleasant situation; an unpleasant manner.
Origin of unpleasant
First recorded in 1525-35; un-1 + pleasant
Related forms
unpleasantly, adverb Unabridged
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  • It would have been most unpleasant to find that he himself was being spied upon.

    The White Blackbird Hudson Douglas
  • Still, however, it was a story which no telling could have made other than an unpleasant one.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • Miss Winstead,” said Mrs. Ogilvie, “this is all most unpleasant.

    Daddy's Girl L. T. Meade
  • It was an unpleasant duty, and could be deferred for a few minutes.

  • There is little more to tell, and that passage through the caon left behind it an unpleasant memory.

    Lorimer of the Northwest Harold Bindloss
British Dictionary definitions for unpleasant


not pleasant or agreeable
Derived Forms
unpleasantly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unpleasant

1530s, from un- (1) "not" + pleasant. Related: Unpleasantly; unpleasantness.

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