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[uhn-plez-uh nt]
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  1. not pleasant; displeasing; disagreeable; offensive: an unpleasant taste; an unpleasant situation; an unpleasant manner.
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Origin of unpleasant

First recorded in 1525–35; un-1 + pleasant
Related formsun·pleas·ant·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for unpleasant

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

  • Also, the thought of another stolen evening alone with her was not unpleasant.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • At almost any other time his visit would have been unpleasant.


    W. A. Fraser

  • The experience of all in the camp that night was most unpleasant.

  • My sharing his compartment had evidently produced an unpleasant impression.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

British Dictionary definitions for unpleasant


  1. not pleasant or agreeable
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Derived Formsunpleasantly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unpleasant


1530s, from un- (1) "not" + pleasant. Related: Unpleasantly; unpleasantness.

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