[uhn-es-thet-ik or, esp. British, -ees-]


offensive to the aesthetic sense; lacking in beauty or sensory appeal; unpleasant, as an object, design, arrangement, etc.: an unaesthetic combination of colors.

Also unesthetic, un·aes·thet·i·cal.

Origin of unaesthetic

First recorded in 1825–35; un-1 + aesthetic
Related formsun·aes·thet·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Related Words for unaesthetic

animal, disgusting, ordinary, plain, ugly, unalluring

Examples from the Web for unaesthetic

Contemporary Examples of unaesthetic

  • The funny thing is that all these champions of unaesthetic “authenticity” are in fact following in a hallowed aesthetic tradition.

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    Behind Occupy's Messy Signs

    Blake Gopnik

    November 3, 2011

Historical Examples of unaesthetic

  • And, for the unaesthetic but effective Attila, an able fashioner of pork products from Chicago.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Addio to the German gentleman with the unaesthetic ailments!

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • After this ringing indictment it surprised no Whipple to read that we had become intolerant, materialistic, unaesthetic.

    The Wrong Twin

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • I remember the first one very well, and I always think of it with indignation; everything was so crude, unaesthetic, primeval.

    Mark Twain's Speeches

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • Instead of calling it the fair, it would have been better to call it the unaesthetic sex.