• WordNet 3.6
    • n unhappiness emotions experienced when not in a state of well-being
    • n unhappiness state characterized by emotions ranging from mild discontentment to deep grief
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n unhappiness The state or character of being unhappy, in any sense.
    • n unhappiness Misfortune; ill luck.
    • n unhappiness A mischievous prank; wildness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Unhappiness the state of being unhappy: misfortune: misery:
    • n Unhappiness (Shak.) a mischievous prank
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  • Mignon McLaughlin
    “It's the most unhappy people who most fear change.”
  • Edward Young
    “None think the great unhappy, but the great.”
  • Leslie Caron
    Leslie Caron
    “In order to have great happiness, you have to have great pain and unhappiness-otherwise how would you know when you're happy?”
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky
    “The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “We are never so happy nor so unhappy as we imagine.”


In literature:

This unhappy characteristic had been fostered only during his early years.
"The Genius" by Margaret Horton Potter
You will spoil his pleasure and make us all unhappy.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume VIII." by Guy de Maupassant
How disappointed and unhappy she must have been in the conservative old city of Charleston, South Carolina!
"The Red Cross Girls with the Russian Army" by Margaret Vandercook
Perhaps, in her madness, the unhappy mother might almost have desired such an ending.
"Olive A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
Why is any woman unhappy?
"Possessed" by Cleveland Moffett
Why should you be made unhappy, and by me?
"Molly Bawn" by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
Unhappy that we are, through your curs'd means, To be tormented thus.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer
But although I had said I was unfortunate, was I not necessary to my unhappy father?
"Perils and Captivity" by Charlotte-Adélaïde [née Picard] Dard
I shall be so unhappy if I make others unhappy.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
She takes it for a sign that she will live unhappy, or die in some dreadful way.
"The Peasant and the Prince" by Harriet Martineau

In poetry:

Follow her, while yet her glory shineth!
There comes a luckless night
That will dim all her light;
And this the black unhappy shade divineth.
"Devotion" by Thomas Campion
O thou mine own—
O Love!
For what I know not of
I wait unhappy, and I wait alone.
Far is thy solitary rose, and far
The mystic evening-star.
"At Noon" by George Sterling
Unhappy brook! O withered wood!
O days, whom Death makes comrades of!
Where are the birds that thrilled the blood
When Life struck hands with Love?
"Bare Boughs" by Madison Julius Cawein
There was an Old Man in a boat,
Who said, 'I'm afloat! I'm afloat!'
When they said, 'No! you aint!'
He was ready to faint,
That unhappy Old Man in a boat.
"Limerick: There was an Old Man in a boat" by Edward Lear
Unhappy Charlotte! Ah, the "weeping blood
In woman's heart" wells up into a flood
Of tender pity, while kind angels shed
Celestial tears on thy devoted head!
"The Fate of Maximilian of Mexico And His Empress" by Janet Hamilton
My cautions thou so often hast abus'd,
(For good advice was not to thee unknown)
That there's no room for thee to be excus'd:
Ah, woe is thee, thou poor unhappy Town!
"Mr. Prichard's Complaint Of The Town Of Llandovery (The Author's Parish) And His Advice And Warning " by Rees Prichard

In news:

Ortiz has taken the high road despite unhappiness over contract issues.
But man are they unhappy with President Lee Myung Bak's pro-business policies.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin unsatisfied , unhappy with RBs.
Structurally Unsound Derek Bok investigates why Americans are unhappy with America.
Unhappy Californians unwilling to change.
UpShot 's hosted rivals are offering migration paths for customers who are unhappy with Siebel's acquisition of the company.
But no matter what we talked about, it seemed we periodically returned to their unhappy wedding night .
Aaron Rodgers is unhappy with his ' 60 Minutes ' profile.
Customer unhappy with ticket fighters.
I was quite shocked by some of the declarations made by Laura Wright in "My Short, Unhappy Life as a Sorority Girl" ( The Chronicle, October 22).
SANTA CLARA, Calif. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith is unhappy with the decision by coach Jim Harbaugh to bench him in favor of Colin Kaepernick for all the decisions one might expect.
Charles said the borough 's lawsuit and its list of new demands came as a surprise to him, and that he was unhappy borough officials went on to his property uninvited.
Some Elmwood parents unhappy with boundary changes.
I see so many people… who appear unhappy because they don't choose to do things they love with intensity, and consciousness, and courage.
Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan looks unhappy as she leaves the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood.

In science:

In the original Schelling model, unhappy people move to the closest empty residences where they are happy, with ’happy’ being defined as having at least half of the neighbours coming from the own group, and ’unhappy’ meaning that the ma jority of neighbours comes from the other group.
Urban segregation with cheap and expensive residences
We shall further limit ourselves to the simple case of the `constrained model' where only unhappy agents are motivated to move.
Simple queueing approach to segregation dynamics in Schelling model
For a random initial conguration of agents we can calculate probabilities of + and − agents to be in unhappy state.
Simple queueing approach to segregation dynamics in Schelling model
The next step is then migration of such unhappy − agent, which, in turn leaves a + friendly vacancy (+0+).
Simple queueing approach to segregation dynamics in Schelling model
The remaining unhappy minority agents, ρU− − ρU + could improve their situation if there are suitable vacancies in the system.
Simple queueing approach to segregation dynamics in Schelling model