Definition of unpleasant in English:

unpleasant

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adjective

  • 1Causing discomfort, unhappiness, or revulsion; disagreeable.

    ‘an unpleasant smell’
    • ‘the symptoms are extremely unpleasant’
    • ‘It's really unpleasant, the smell is awful and it can irritate your lungs.’
    • ‘We may say the same of bodily discomfort, an unpleasant sensation distinct from pain.’
    • ‘More than just unpleasant, the obnoxious smell was stifling and suffocating.’
    • ‘Mmm, there are some truly unpleasant smells lurking around the London Underground network.’
    • ‘Residents in Rawcliffe have raised the issue of the unpleasant smells for years to no avail.’
    • ‘In 1559 Elizabeth I complained that the holy oil was greasy and smelled unpleasant.’
    • ‘The gardener had had to spray gasoline on them to facilitate combustion, and the smell was unpleasant.’
    • ‘He would have experienced a thoroughly unpleasant and ugly world view but a breathtaking piece of theatre.’
    • ‘There is a lot of unpleasant and offensive material out there which no parent would wish their child to see.’
    • ‘She's like a snail that's drawn in all its feelers after running into an unpleasant object.’
    • ‘It was the nastiest moment in countless unpleasant footballing encounters.’
    • ‘He thought it was a nasty unpleasant film, and his sequel was an answer that would somehow unmake the damage.’
    • ‘Some women don't like it: it has a distinctive smell and taste, which some find unpleasant.’
    • ‘Nothing was ever too much trouble, day or night, no matter how unpleasant or thankless the tasks were.’
    • ‘Some may find the word unpleasant, but there's nothing inherently offensive about it.’
    • ‘More distressingly the chemotherapy made her give off a particularly unpleasant odour.’
    • ‘The smell of the glue was not unpleasant but hurt his throat and made him feel slightly sick.’
    • ‘I now have an unpleasant mental image of everyone reading this doing some nasty experiments.’
    • ‘The weather was appalling, and German artillery made life unpleasant for the British.’
    • ‘I have no great desire to do it either because it is a very unpleasant business.’
    disagreeable, irksome, troublesome, annoying, irritating, vexatious, displeasing, uncomfortable, distressing, nasty, horrible, appalling, terrible, awful, dreadful, hateful, detestable, miserable, abominable, execrable, odious, invidious, objectionable, offensive, obnoxious, repugnant, repulsive, repellent, revolting, disgusting, distasteful, nauseating, unsavoury, unpalatable, ugly
    unappetizing, unpalatable, unsavoury, uninviting, unappealing, off-putting, inedible, uneatable, bitter, sour, rancid
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    1. 1.1(of a person or their manner) unfriendly and inconsiderate; rude.
      ‘when drunk, he could become very unpleasant’
      • ‘For a start he was English, but he had a bit of a weaselly face and slightly receding hair and a somewhat unpleasant manner.’
      • ‘All I can say about it is nice people are easy to deal with and unpleasant people are much more difficult to cope with.’
      • ‘There are unpleasant people out there who like to spoil it for everyone else.’
      • ‘When you have to deal with unpleasant people on the phone it gives a sour taste to the day.’
      • ‘However, even the most unpleasant people in the world don't deserve what she got.’
      • ‘Sometimes they are just unpleasant or they do have very different fundamental beliefs about the world.’
      • ‘The insurance industry, it'll come as no surprise, is full of unpleasant characters.’
      • ‘She is unpleasant and has red hair, but I do not in any way suggest those two things are related.’
      • ‘The man is not unpleasant but when he speaks, his words cut deep into her and she sees him as suddenly ugly.’
      • ‘He's a snob, a social climber and a misogynist, really a very unpleasant man.’
      • ‘He was supposed to meet Jane and several of her unpleasant girlfriends for a bite to eat in just ten minutes.’
      • ‘He is rather unpleasant and totally opposite to the charming butterball he was at high school.’
      • ‘But then, of course, we all know that Miss Robinson is a very unpleasant rude woman.’
      • ‘You are foul, surly, nasty, unhelpful, unpleasant and clearly you have a lot of issues.’
      • ‘Lynndie England, however unpleasant, is not the the villain of this debacle.’
      • ‘Sold some books and was ripped off by the unpleasant second-hand bookseller.’
      • ‘It is a miracle that these dirty and unpleasant Chinese chain restaurants survive.’
      • ‘Some often tend to eat excessively when in an unpleasant mood, resulting in obesity.’
      • ‘It gets more and more grim and relentless, and its hero more and more unpleasant.’
      • ‘So he was an unpleasant Conservative who wasn't afraid of making money out of the suffering and death of others.’
      unlikable, unlovable, unattractive, disagreeable
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Pronunciation

unpleasant

/ˌənˈplezənt/ /ˌənˈplɛzənt/