unsympathetic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj unsympathetic not agreeing with your tastes or expectations "found the task disagreeable and decided to abandon it","a job temperamentally unsympathetic to him"
    • adj unsympathetic lacking in sympathy and kindness "unkindly ancts"
    • adj unsympathetic not having an open mind "a closed mind unreceptive to new ideas"
    • adj unsympathetic not sympathetic or disposed toward "unsympathetic officialdom","people unsympathetic to the revolution","his dignity made him seem aloof and unsympathetic"
    • adj unsympathetic (of characters in literature or drama) tending to evoke antipathetic feelings "all the characters were peculiarly unsympathetic"
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Usage

In literature:

He was harsh, unsympathetic, hasty.
"The Cock-House at Fellsgarth" by Talbot Baines Reed
You would have found her empty-headed and unsympathetic just where you needed sympathy most.
"More About Peggy" by Mrs G. de Horne Vaizey
It's no use talking, for we can't agree; and really and truly you are the most unsympathetic to me just now.
"Tom and Some Other Girls" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
At the same time, it will be a terrible misfortune if she grows up hard and unsympathetic.
"Sisters Three" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
If you are cold, distant, and unsympathetic you can not hold their attention.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
Unfortunately her glowing descriptions also reached unsympathetic ears.
"Post Haste" by R.M. Ballantyne
He told it to unsympathetic ears.
"Shifting Winds" by R.M. Ballantyne
But, you may ask, why unsympathetic?
"On the Firing Line in Education" by Adoniram Judson Ladd
He found Catie mending a tear in the new frock she had worn, the night before, and unsympathetic in proportion to her discontent.
"The Brentons" by Anna Chapin Ray
The pale student will not be a wholly unsympathetic reader.
"Obiter Dicta Second Series" by Augustine Birrell
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In poetry:

And 'tis the unloving and least wise
Who through life's inmost precincts press,
And with unsympathetic eyes
Outrage our sacred loneliness.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin

In news:

Christopher Lasch has asserted incorrectly ( NYR, October 3) that Women and Analysis: Dialogues on Psychoanalytic Views of Femininity consists mainly of essays written by people unsympathetic to Freud's psychology of women.
It's tough going for a comedy like "Mary Broome," which revolves around a spectacularly unsympathetic lead character.
Gilligan's ideas about demoralized teenage girls had a special resonance with women's groups that were already committed to the proposition that our society is unsympathetic to women.
A Mike Wallace interview was often harsh, unsympathetic even.
Star's cool in unsympathetic role elevates 'Arbitrage'.
Star's cool in unsympathetic role elevates ' Arbitrage '.
Dog lover Martha Stewart had some unsympathetic words for Jessica Simpson after learning the singer's pooch was hauled off by a wild coyote this week.
' Dark Horse ': Director finds humanity in unsympathetic lead.
P otato salad is one of those unfortunate foods that all too often suffers at the hands of unsympathetic food-service workers.
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In science:

His persistent devotion to high-quality work in an unsympathetic environment makes him the Medici of multiparticle production, with the di(cid:11)erence that he does the creative work himself.
Summary of the Nijmegen Workshop on Multiparticle Production
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