• WordNet 3.6
    • adj unhappy generalized feeling of distress
    • adj unhappy marked by or producing unhappiness "infelicitous circumstances","unhappy caravans, straggling afoot through swamps and canebrakes"- American Guide Series"
    • adj unhappy experiencing or marked by or causing sadness or sorrow or discontent "unhappy over her departure","unhappy with her raise","after the argument they lapsed into an unhappy silence","had an unhappy time at school","the unhappy (or sad) news","he looks so sad"
    • adj unhappy causing discomfort "the unhappy truth"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Unhappy In a degree miserable or wretched; not happy; sad; sorrowful; as, children render their parents unhappy by misconduct.
    • Unhappy Marked by infelicity; evil; calamitous; as, an unhappy day. "The unhappy morn."
    • Unhappy Mischievous; wanton; wicked.
    • Unhappy Not happy or fortunate; unfortunate; unlucky; as, affairs have taken an unhappy turn.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • unhappy Not happy Not cheerful or gay; in some degree miserable or wretched; cast down; sad.
    • unhappy Marked by or associated with ill fortune, infelicity, or mishap; inauspicious; ill-omened; calamitous; evil; lamentable.
    • unhappy Not felicitous; not well suited or appropriate; not apt.
    • unhappy Not having good hap, fortune, or luck; unfortunate; unlucky.
    • unhappy Full of tricks; mischievous; tricksy.
    • unhappy Synonyms Downcast, cheerless.
    • unhappy To make unhappy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Unhappy un-hap′i not happy or fortunate: miserable: marked by evil:
    • adj Unhappy un-hap′i (Shak.) mischievous, wicked
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “It is kind of happiness to know to what extent we may be unhappy.”
  • Bertolt Brecht
    “Unhappy the land that is in need of heroes.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “The most unhappy and frail creatures are men and yet they are the proudest.”
  • Marcel Proust
    “We become moral when we are unhappy.”
  • Mick Jagger
    Mick Jagger
    “My mother has always been unhappy with what I do. She would rather I do something nicer, like be a bricklayer.”
  • Edward De Bono
    Edward De Bono
    “Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations.”


In literature:

The poor girl had not yet endured sufficient unhappiness to risk the necessary revelation.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
The Prince and the Queen felt very unhappy as they rode home.
"The Firelight Fairy Book" by Henry Beston
From behind the curtains Ikey watched the party start off, and felt very unhappy at not being with them.
"The Story of the Big Front Door" by Mary Finley Leonard
I never knew what was the good of being unhappy.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
It was filled with a new face, which made her at once happy and unhappy, proud and ashamed.
"The Eternal City" by Hall Caine
You do not know how unhappy it made me.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
The unhappy artist resigned himself to his bitter fate without a murmur.
"Legends of the Rhine" by Wilhelm Ruland
But still, I admit, a not unhappy Holland, Dutch and free.
"Current History, A Monthly Magazine" by New York Times
Half the women in our country are unhappy because their Homes are not so luxurious as they wish.
"Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women" by George Sumner Weaver
I have never been very unhappy since that day, and I don't believe I shall ever be very unhappy again.
"Christie Redfern's Troubles" by Margaret Robertson

In poetry:

The apple she pluck'd, and a morsel she bit,
Nor did Adam, to taste it, refrain:
When, alas! (for us all, how unhappy was it?)
Their pleasure was soon turn'd to pain.
"An Exhortation To Worship Our Lord Jesus Christ" by Rees Prichard
God send thee peace, Oh, great unhappy heart—
A world away, I pray that thou mayst rest
Softly as on the Well-Belovèd's breast,
Where ever in her wistful dreams thou art.
"A Song Of Heloise" by Theodosia Garrison
Come, night, anear;
I'll whisper in thine ear
What makes me so unhappy, full of care;
Dear night, I die
For love that all men buy
With tears, and know not it is dark despair.
"A Song" by Archibald Lampman
There are who think that Childhood does not share
With age the cup, the bitter cup, of care:
Alas! they know not this unhappy truth,
That every age, and rank, is born to ruth.
"Childhood" by Henry Kirke White
O my unhappy lines! you that before
Have serv'd my youth to vent some wanton cries,
And now congeal'd with grief, can scarce implore
Strength to accent! Here my Albertus lies.
"Tears At The Grave Of Sir Albertus Morton (Who Was Buried At Southampton) Wept" by Sir Henry Wotton
Then Reason said,--"Your crime is great,
You see how wretched is your fate, O! how unhappy is the state,
That you are in;
You do repent, when far too late,
For your rash sin."
"Passion And Reason" by Susannah Hawkins

In news:

Former Morgan Stanley Chief Mack on Pandit: 'Clearly There Was Unhappiness With the Board.
Most people are unhappy with the outcome of any legal-settlement cases.
Reid's blow-up on sideline signals his unhappiness with Eagles' play.
Second annual 'Texans Fans Happiness/ Unhappiness Draft Chart.
In London, Unhappiness and Foul Weather Make for Great Theater.
'My American Unhappiness ' by Dean Bakopoulos.
The Economics of Unhappiness .
The Poison of Unhappiness .
Article "Facebook May Lead to Unhappiness " Is Not Available At This Time.
Obama Heralds Compromise Over Tax Cuts Despite Democrats' Unhappiness .
Are Taxes the Root of Unhappiness .
Despite the unhappy ending of her 14-month marriage to Russell Brand, Katy Perry hasn't given up on marriage.
The British are the most unhappy shoppers in the world, with only 21% claiming to enjoy shopping.
Frankly, after 11 years of war, military families around bases and posts throughout the world are too tired for shock, too experienced for outrage over this unhappy episode.
Unhappy people more likely to make foolish money decision, research shows.

In science:

Removing and replacing some people randomly helps, and one also gets ’infinitely’ large domains if happy (unhappy) people move to other places where they are happy (unhappy) .
Urban segregation with cheap and expensive residences
The total energy E (= total unhappiness) is the sum of this pair energy over all neighbour pairs of the lattice.
Urban segregation with cheap and expensive residences
Unfortunately, there is still a long way to go and there are various components that are not included in the calculations. A notable example is the absence of a hot corona which made several of the X-ray participants unhappy.
Conference Summary: The Central Engine of Active Galactic Nuclei
The goal is to arrive at simple formula for the number of unhappy agents remaining after the segregation.
Simple queueing approach to segregation dynamics in Schelling model
An agent is considered to be unhappy when certain fraction f ∗ of its neighbours is of dierent type.
Simple queueing approach to segregation dynamics in Schelling model