unenviable

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un- +‎ enviable

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unenviable (comparative more unenviable, superlative most unenviable)

  1. Difficult, undesirable, or unpleasant; not to be envied.
    Valjean was in the unenviable position of either living with the knowledge an innocent would suffer for his crime or reveal his true identity and go back to prison.
    • 2012, Andrew Martin, Underground Overground: A passenger's history of the Tube, Profile Books, →ISBN, page 277:
      There might be a 'train captain' on board, as on the Docklands Light Railway, but this would be an unenviable role on our packed Tube: the train captain would be condemned to live in a permanent rush hour.

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