disagreeable

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French desagraable (compare French désagréable). Surface etymology is dis- +‎ agreeable.

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): [dɪsəˈɡɹi.əbəɫ]
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AdjectiveEdit

disagreeable (comparative more disagreeable, superlative most disagreeable)

  1. Causing repugnance; unpleasant to the feelings or senses; displeasing.
    disagreeable weather
    disagreeable person
    disagreeable attitude
    disagreeable taste
    • 1722, William Wollaston, The Religion of Nature Delineated:
      That which is disagreeable to one is many times agreeable to another, or disagreeable in a less degree.
  2. (archaic) Not suitable; that does not conform or fit.
    • 1738, Grantham Killingworth, A Supplement to the Sermons Lately Preached at Salters-Hall Against Popery, page 54:
      The first author I shall cite is Justin Martyr, who is not only silent about infant-baptism, as are all the fathers before him, but says what is inconsistent with it; for the reason he assigns, as what he had received from the apostles themselves, why baptism was instituted, is altogether incompatible and disagreeable thereunto.
    • 1824, Gospel Advocate - Volume 1, page 140:
      Now to say, that justice is opposed to forgiveness, when by forgiveness we mean the entire cure of sin and misery; is to say that justice chooses that to remain forever, which is perfectly disagreeable to itself.
    • 1871, Isaac Backus, A History of New England with Particular Reference to the Denomination of Christians Called Baptists, page 466:
      We cannot but judge it disagreeable with the spirit and principles of the gospel, and an encroachment upon the divine prerogative and the undoubted rights of mankind, to punish any for their conscientious and peaceable dissent from the established way of religion, while they are not justly chargeable with any immorality, or what is plainly destructive of civil society.
    • (Can we date this quote?), John Exton, The Maritime Dicaeologie, Or, Sea-jurisdiction of England, page 55:
      and that this Nation that is invested in a Law particular and municipal, which doth in no wise so much as challenge or claim any derivation from, or dependency of the Civil Law, but is altogether different and disagreeable thereunto in its proceedings, and oftentimes in its determinations, and hath no foundation or grounds whereon the decisions of Sea controversies can be built, should without the knowledge and practise of these Civil and Maritime Laws deal and trade with such as do live under them, and are guided by them?

Usage notesEdit

  • Nouns to which "disagreeable" is often applied: odor, smell, taste, sensation, thing, person, man, woman, duty, work, feeling, manner, experience, effect, feature, business, surprise, job.

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NounEdit

disagreeable (plural disagreeables)

  1. Something or someone displeasing; anything that is disagreeable.
    • 1855, Blackwood's magazine (volume 77, page 331)
      The disagreeables of travelling are necessary evils, to be encountered for the sake of the agreeables of resting and looking round you.