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[uhn-sahyt-lee] /ʌnˈsaɪt li/
adjective, unsightlier, unsightliest.
distasteful or unpleasant to look at:
an unsightly wound; unsightly disorder.
Origin of unsightly
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English; see un-1, sightly
Related forms
unsightliness, noun
unattractive, ugly, disagreeable.
beautiful. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unsightliness
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  • This is easily accomplished without causing any unsightliness by placing an arch over the path.

    The Dwelling House George Vivian Poore
  • Not even in the wet, greasy street could she find any unsightliness that afternoon.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • The bull is then known as a “stub-horn,” and his horns increase in roughness and unsightliness as he grows older.

  • To the unsightliness of this picture is added an unstable seat.

    South America To-day Georges Clemenceau
  • Because of the unsightliness of my appearance I have been driven away from my home.

  • Illness, ugliness, unsightliness of any kind, had a horror for Mr. Saltus.

    Edgar Saltus: The Man Marie Saltus
  • There was a full assortment of the halt, the hump-backed, and the crippled,—all degrees of sightlessness and unsightliness.

  • Nothing daunted by the sight of her own unsightliness, she took a bucket and went into the back yard.

    Prudence Says So Ethel Hueston
  • It was in the new-born grass blades, thrusting up their delicate heads to rid the world of winter's unsightliness.

    The Heart of Unaga Ridgwell Cullum
  • In many cases all that is necessary is to veneer the face sides, thus covering and hiding any unsightliness.

    Woodwork Joints William Fairham
British Dictionary definitions for unsightliness


unpleasant or unattractive to look at; ugly
Derived Forms
unsightliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unsightliness



early 15c., "displeasing to the eye," from un- (1) "not" + sight + -ly (1). Cf. Middle Dutch onsichtlijc "invisible; ugly," Middle High German unsihtlih "invisible." Related: Unsightliness. Middle English sightlie is attested from mid-15c. but only in the sense "visible;" sightly as "pleasing to the eye" is from 1560s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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