• WordNet 3.6
    • n unpleasantness the quality of giving displeasure "the recent unpleasantness of the weather"
    • n unpleasantness the feeling caused by disagreeable stimuli; one pole of a continuum of states of feeling
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n unpleasantness The state or quality of being unpleasant; disagree-ableness. A slight disagreement or falling out; a petty quarrel; an unimportant misunderstanding.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Unpleasantness state or quality of being unpleasant: disagreeableness
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  • Edward Heath
    Edward Heath
    “The unpleasant and unacceptable face of capitalism.”
  • Virginia Woolf
    “I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out; and I thought how it is worse, perhaps, to be locked in.”
  • Barbara Grizzuti Harrison
    Barbara Grizzuti Harrison
    “Fantasies are more than substitutes for unpleasant reality; they are also dress rehearsals, plans. All acts performed in the world begin in the imagination.”
  • Richard Bandler
    Richard Bandler
    “Do you want to know a good way to fall in love? Just associate with all your pleasant experiences with someone, and disassociate from all the unpleasant ones.”
  • Bhagavad Gita
    Bhagavad Gita
    “The senses have been conditioned by attraction to the pleasant and aversion to the unpleasant: a man should not be ruled by them; they are obstacles in his path.”
  • Dean William R. Inge
    “Public opinion, a vulgar, impertinent, anonymous tyrant who deliberately makes life unpleasant for anyone who is not content to the average person.”


In literature:

The result was often unpleasant.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
I was left in my study in a very unpleasant state of mind.
"The House of Martha" by Frank R. Stockton
Again, we forget many things because they are unpleasant to remember.
"Applied Psychology for Nurses" by Mary F. Porter
He was oily, yellow and unpleasant to look upon.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
Surely some very unpleasant news lay in wait for her ears.
"Jane Allen: Right Guard" by Edith Bancroft
Afterward she was unpleasantly conscious of that.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
I sat up on the cart, looked at my sleeping companions, and thought how unpleasant they looked.
"The Dark Forest" by Hugh Walpole
At the time, of course, it seemed merely one of the unpleasant things one wishes to forget quickly.
"More Tish" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
Life under such conditions was peculiarly unpleasant.
"The Great War As I Saw It" by Frederick George Scott
He had no bones broken, his worst injuries being a few bruises and a very unpleasant shaking.
"Jack Harkaway's Boy Tinker Among The Turks" by Bracebridge Hemyng

In poetry:

Who can unpleased your shelves behold,
While you so fair a proof unfold,
What force the brightest genius draws
From polish'd wisdom's written laws?
"To a Lady of Quality, Fitting Up Her Library" by William Shenstone
After a pause ALICE began, "Well,
they were both very unpleasant characters -"
"De mortuis -" said TWEEDLEDEE reprovingly.
"I don't know what that means," said ALICE.
"Avenged!" by P G Wodehouse
The frog by nature is both damp and cold,
Her mouth is large, her belly much will hold;
She sits somewhat ascending, loves to be
Croaking in gardens, though unpleasantly.
"Upon The Frog" by John Bunyan
The trooper said to the sergeant’s wife:
‘Sure, I wouldn’t seem unpleasant;
‘But there’s women and childer about the place,
‘And—barrin’ a lady’s present—
"A Little Mistake" by Henry Lawson
Servants of God most holy,
Who stoop to man most lowly,
To lift him up and give him liberty,
What though to-day's unpleasant!
Ye live not in the present;
Your life is in the infinite TO BE.
"To Abolitionists" by John Pierpont
Some act upon this prudent plan,
“Say little, and hear all you can.”
Safe policy, but hateful—
So barren sands imbibe the shower,
But render neither fruit nor flower,
Unpleasant and ungrateful.
"Friendship" by William Cowper

In news:

Visitors ready for unpleasant welcome in Autzen Stadium.
A s any nightlife reporter knows, encounters with club promoters are generally unpleasant.
Those intrusive pat-downs at airport screening checkpoints may be unpleasant.
Just over a year ago, undercover detectives from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office fanned out for a grim, grueling and unpleasant duty.
The Longhorns will get an unpleasant reminder when Iowa State visits Saturday.
Only two other sailboats were in the anchorage and both had the same name -- " Mañana " -- which is Spanish for "tomorrow" but is humorously meant when applied to any unpleasant, unfinished task, as "never.
That China will retaliate in a most unpleasant way.
As recently as March, Steven Rattner, the former private equity kingpin and Obama administration car czar, was having an unpleasant time with Overhaul, his book on the emergency auto rescue.
While the motor is somewhat loud, the sound isn't unpleasant and the spray pattern is good in all available tip sizes.
COLUMBIA — Charlie Triplett describes his childhood experiences with gardening as unpleasant.
Alexander Field, Greg Clark, and Optimism about the Current Unpleasantness .
It's aggressive but not at all painful or unpleasant.
Texas A&M out to open 1st institute devoted to curing those unpleasant dog and cat ailments.
A PCO's guide for dealing with this unpleasant experience.
When confronted with an unpleasant truth — like, "Governor, state revenue isn't as high as you said it would be" — there's an easy way to continue your destructive behavior: denial.

In science:

Most importantly, in the following minimal version, it has the unpleasant feature of predicting the same spectrum for down quarks and charged leptons.
The problem of neutrino masses in extensions of the Standard Model
For instance, models involving a gauged SU (5) symmetry and a global SU (6) unfortunately require an unpleasant fine-tuning of some parameters of the superpotential.
The problem of neutrino masses in extensions of the Standard Model
For instance, we can get rid of the unpleasant redundancy by going into a basis where Y has only 75 non-zero elements.
The problem of neutrino masses in extensions of the Standard Model
However, if we add a constant value to the average SO of the movie reviews, to compensate for this bias, the accuracy does not improve. This suggests that, just as positive reviews mention unpleasant things, so negative reviews often mention pleasant scenes.
Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down? Semantic Orientation Applied to Unsupervised Classification of Reviews
Now, clearly, ∆ ized inverse of Γ, so that, if we succeed in writing ∆ and Γ in the form (10), the somewhat unpleasant recourse to generalized inverses is not required anymore.
Rank-based optimal tests of the adequacy of an elliptic VARMA model