From Middle English unplesaunt, equivalent to un- +‎ pleasant.


  • IPA(key): /ʌnˈplezənt/
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unpleasant (comparative unpleasanter or more unpleasant, superlative unpleasantest or most unpleasant)

  1. Not pleasant.
    • c. 1596, William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act III, Scene 2,[1]
      O sweet Portia,
      Here are a few of the unpleasant’st words
      That ever blotted paper!
    • 1722, Daniel Defoe, A Journal of the Plague Year, London: E. Nutt, p. 214,[2]
      It was indeed one admirable piece of Conduct in the said Magistrates, that the Streets were kept constantly clear, and free from all manner of frightful Objects, dead Bodies, or any such things as were indecent or unpleasant, unless where any Body fell down suddenly or died in the Streets []
    • 1811, Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility, Chapter 35,[3]
      The very circumstance, in its unpleasantest form, which they would each have been most anxious to avoid, had fallen on them.
    • 1865, Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Chapter 1,[4]
      [] she had read several nice little histories about children who had got burnt, and eaten up by wild beasts and other unpleasant things, all because they would not remember the simple rules their friends had taught them []
    • 1921, Walter de la Mare, Memoirs of a Midget, Chapter 37,[5]
      And I dipped into novels so like the unpleasanter parts of my own life that they might just as well have been autobiographies.

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