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unsavory

[uhn-sey-vuh-ree] /ʌnˈseɪ və ri/
adjective
1.
not savory; tasteless or insipid:
an unsavory meal.
2.
unpleasant in taste or smell; distasteful.
3.
unappealing or disagreeable, as a pursuit:
Poor teachers can make education unsavory.
4.
socially or morally objectionable or offensive:
an unsavory past; an unsavory person.
Also, especially British, unsavoury.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English; see un-1, savory1
Related forms
unsavorily, adverb
unsavoriness, noun
Synonyms
1. flat, unappetizing.
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  • It's the human equivalent of the bumblebees' unsavoury diet.
  • The past offers all sorts of unsavoury stories of behaviour brought into the realm of medicine with dire effects.
  • The country's politicians are mostly an unsavoury lot.
  • But the newsletters shed light on some of the unsavoury fellow-travellers he has collected on his long political road.
  • After all, when someone tries to lock up all unsavoury characters, this someone is accused of introducing a police state.
British Dictionary definitions for unsavoury

unsavoury

/ʌnˈseɪvərɪ/
adjective
1.
objectionable or distasteful: an unsavoury character
2.
disagreeable in odour or taste
Derived Forms
unsavourily, (US) unsavorily, adverb
unsavouriness, (US) unsavoriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unsavoury

unsavory

adj.

early 13c., "tasteless, insipid," from un- (1) "not" + savory (adj.). Meaning "unpleasant or disagreeable to the taste" is attested from late 14c.; of persons, from c.1400.

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