- not lovely; without beauty or charm.
- harsh or repellent in character; unpleasant; disagreeable; objectionable.
Origin of unlovely
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Examples from the Web for unlovely
Prussian militarism was unlovely, to be sure, but the Kaiser was no Führer.The Utterly Pointless First World War
Michael F. Bishop
May 22, 2013
Most crimes are motivated by unlovely impulses that are at least comprehensible: the desire for money, sex, respect, revenge.There's Little We Can Do to Prevent Another Massacre
December 17, 2012
We are not smarter or wiser because we happen to be born later, and it's an unlovely tendency to imagine that we are.Why Obama Shouldn't Use Wikipedia
March 15, 2012
The God of truth cannot love the unlovely in the same way as he loves the lovely.
How hard is the doing of the thought in the face of a thousand unlovely difficulties!
Never before had the life into which she was born looked so unlovely to her.A Singer from the Sea
Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
It was an unlovely face, but its unloveliness lay in its expression.The Golden Woman
She speaks bitterly, and turns from him with an unlovely laugh.Molly Bawn
Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
- unpleasant in appearance
- unpleasant in character
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Word Origin and History for unlovely
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