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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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  • Why did Shakespeare want to paint this unpleasant bitter-tongued wife?

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • Also, the thought of another stolen evening alone with her was not unpleasant.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • At almost any other time his visit would have been unpleasant.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • The experience of all in the camp that night was most unpleasant.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • My sharing his compartment had evidently produced an unpleasant impression.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
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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