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unsavory

[uhn-sey-vuh-ree] /ʌnˈseɪ və ri/
adjective
1.
not savory; tasteless or insipid:
an unsavory meal.
2.
unpleasant in taste or smell; distasteful.
3.
unappealing or disagreeable, as a pursuit:
Poor teachers can make education unsavory.
4.
socially or morally objectionable or offensive:
an unsavory past; an unsavory person.
Also, especially British, unsavoury.
Origin of unsavory
1175-1225
Middle English word dating back to 1175-1225; See origin at un-1, savory1
Related forms
unsavorily, adverb
unsavoriness, noun
Synonyms
1. flat, unappetizing.
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Word Origin and History for unsavory
adj.

early 13c., "tasteless, insipid," from un- (1) "not" + savory (adj.). Meaning "unpleasant or disagreeable to the taste" is attested from late 14c.; of persons, from c.1400.

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