unhappy

[uhn-hap-ee]
adjective, unhappier, unhappiest.
1.
sad; miserable; wretched: Why is she so unhappy?
2.
unfortunate; unlucky: an unhappy incident.
3.
unfavorable; inauspicious: an unhappy omen.
4.
infelicitous; unsuitable: an unhappy choice of words.
5.
Archaic. causing trouble; reprehensible; troublesome.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English: causing misfortune, objectionable; see un-1, happy

unhappily, adverb
unhappiness, noun


1. sorrowful, downcast, cheerless, distressed. 2. hapless. 3. unpropitious. 4. inappropriate, inapt.
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unhappy (ʌnˈhæpɪ)
 
adj , -pier, -piest
1.  not joyful; sad or depressed
2.  unfortunate or wretched: an unhappy fellow
3.  tactless or inappropriate: an unhappy remark
4.  archaic unfavourable
 
un'happily
 
adv
 
un'happiness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

unhappy
c.1300, "causing misfortune or trouble (to oneself or others)," from un- (1) "not" + happy. Meaning "unfortunate, unlucky" is recorded from late 14c.; sense of "miserable, wretched" is recorded from late 14c. (originally via misfortune or mishap).
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Example sentences
The effect of unhappiness on your body is about as bad for you as a smoking
  habit.
They clearly recognized his persuasiveness and power of his ideas and their
  capacity to produce unhappiness.
Rather than listen to my concerns and identify with my unhappiness, adults
  labeled me as disturbed and sick.
Such signs point to a department with serious internal issues and, worse,
  chomping to inflict their unhappiness on a newcomer.
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