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[uhn-luhv-lee] /ʌnˈlʌv li/
not lovely; without beauty or charm.
harsh or repellent in character; unpleasant; disagreeable; objectionable.
Origin of unlovely
1350-1400; Middle English; see un-1, lovely
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unloveliness, noun Unabridged
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  • Herston, too, the unlovely outskirt of Swanage, is not encouraging.

    The Hardy Country Charles G. Harper
  • The God of truth cannot love the unlovely in the same way as he loves the lovely.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • What an unlovely salute for Prince Charming when he should drive up in the rainy, black night, I was thinking in agony!

    At the Age of Eve Kate Trimble Sharber
  • It was an unlovely face, but its unloveliness lay in its expression.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
  • It is said that atheists are bred in slums, and amidst brick walls and unlovely surroundings.

    The Everlasting Arms Joseph Hocking
  • She speaks bitterly, and turns from him with an unlovely laugh.

    Molly Bawn Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  • Never before had the life into which she was born looked so unlovely to her.

    A Singer from the Sea Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
British Dictionary definitions for unlovely


unpleasant in appearance
unpleasant in character
Derived Forms
unloveliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unlovely

late 14c., "not evoking feelings of love," from un- (1) "not" + lovely. Meaning "ugly" is recorded from 1390s.

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