Synonyms of unhappy in English:


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1‘an unhappy childhood’

sad, miserable, sorrowful, dejected, despondent, disconsolate, morose, regretful, broken-hearted, heartbroken, down, downcast, dispirited, downhearted, heavy-hearted, crestfallen, depressed, melancholy, blue, gloomy, glum, mournful, despairing, doleful, forlorn, woebegone, woeful, tearful, long-faced, joyless, cheerless, out of sorts
informal down in the mouth, down in the dumps, fed up, grumpy
rare lachrymose

happy, cheerful

2‘in the unhappy event of litigation’

unfortunate, unlucky, luckless, hapless, ill-starred, ill-fated, star-crossed, ill-omened, doomed, blighted, wretched, miserable
disadvantageous, adverse
informal jinxed

3‘if you are unhappy with a new hairstyle, complain to your hairdresser while you are still in the salon’

dissatisfied, displeased, discontented, disappointed, disgruntled
disapproving of
British informal not best pleased

4‘indeed, ‘disorganized capitalism’ seems an unhappy term for conveying what they are dealing with’

inappropriate, unsuitable, inapt, unfortunate
regrettable, ill-chosen, tactless, ill-advised, injudicious
awkward, clumsy