Definition of unpleasant in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʌnˈplɛz(ə)nt/


1Causing discomfort, unhappiness, or revulsion; disagreeable: an unpleasant smell the symptoms are extremely unpleasant
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  • 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.
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;
disgusting, repugnant, revolting, nauseating, sickening, offensive, foul, rotten, vile
1.1(Of a person or their manner) unfriendly and inconsiderate; rude: when drunk, he could become very unpleasant
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  • 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.
unlikable, unlovable, unattractive, disagreeable;
unfriendly, inconsiderate, rude, impolite, obnoxious, nasty, spiteful, cruel, malicious, mean, mean-spirited, vicious, poisonous, venomous, vindictive, malign;
frightful, ghastly, insufferable, unbearable, annoying, irritating;
churlish, ill-natured, ill-humoured, ill-tempered, cross, bad-tempered



Pronunciation: /ʌnˈplɛz(ə)ntli/
[as submodifier]: she found his hand unpleasantly sticky
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  • They said they were unpleasantly surprised by the move.
  • Perhaps the most unpleasantly nationalistic sporting fixtures in this part of the world are the Old Firm derbies in Glasgow.
  • Oh, and people with unpleasantly posh Home Counties accents who speak far louder than they need to in an enclosed space should probably be gagged with gaffer tape.

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