[uhn-plez-uh nt-nis]
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  1. the quality or state of being unpleasant.
  2. something that is displeasing or offensive, as an experience, event, or situation: An unpleasantness made them ill-at-ease.
  3. an unpleasant feeling or sensation caused by disagreeable or painful stimuli.

Origin of unpleasantness

First recorded in 1540–50; unpleasant + -ness
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  1. the state or quality of being unpleasant
  2. an unpleasant event, situation, etc
  3. a disagreement or quarrel
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