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From Middle English un-plesyng, equivalent to un- +‎ pleasing.



unpleasing (comparative more unpleasing, superlative most unpleasing)

  1. Not pleasing; unpleasant.
    • c. 1594, William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act III, Scene 5,[1]
      It is, it is: hie hence, be gone, away!
      It is the lark that sings so out of tune,
      Straining harsh discords and unpleasing sharps.
    • 1766, Oliver Goldsmith, The Vicar of Wakefield, Chapter 13,[2]
      [] Be assured, my dear, that these were the harshest words, and to me the most unpleasing that ever escaped your lips!’
    • 2000, J. G. Ballard, Super-Cannes, Fourth Estate 2011, p. 86:
      Zander took out a silk handkerchief and vented some unpleasing odour from his mouth.