Definition of unpleasantry in English:

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unpleasantry

Pronunciation: /ʌnˈplɛz(ə)ntri/

noun (plural unpleasantries)

1 (unpleasantries) Disagreeable matters or comments: why dwell on niggling little unpleasantries at a time like this?
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  • Well, when Diaz came out, the pair allegedly exchanged unpleasantries and then chased each other through the restaurant - Augusto, brandishing a pocket knife; Diaz, a straw dispenser.
  • Well, we all know that apart from some unpleasantries in the Sydney market and at times nationally, especially between 5.30 pm and 7.30 pm, Nine dominated TV in the 12 months.
  • I reminded myself that bills, dish-washing, and leases were unpleasantries I could not avoid forever, and I also reminded myself that I really really love eating meat.
2 [mass noun] dated Quarrelling or other disagreeable behaviour: a little unpleasantry with the authorities
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  • I've considered enlisting though (they are currently in the midst of a massive recruitment drive), and claiming about ten years' salary for the ‘stress’ of the first bit of unpleasantry that I have to deal with.
  • After all that unpleasantry Saber had endured, how dare anyone presume to think they knew him backwards, frontwards, upside down and sideways?

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