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English definition of “unpleasant”


adjective    /ʌnˈplez·ənt/
not attractive or enjoyable or easy to like: an unpleasant surprise unpleasant memories an unpleasant young man unpleasantly    /ʌnˈplez·ənt·li/ adverb Rob chuckled unpleasantly.
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