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unsightly

[uhn-sahyt-lee] /ʌnˈsaɪt li/
adjective, unsightlier, unsightliest.
1.
distasteful or unpleasant to look at:
an unsightly wound; unsightly disorder.
Origin of unsightly
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English; see un-1, sightly
Related forms
unsightliness, noun
Synonyms
unattractive, ugly, disagreeable.
Antonyms
beautiful.
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Examples from the Web for unsightliness
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  • This is easily accomplished without causing any unsightliness by placing an arch over the path.

    The Dwelling House George Vivian Poore
  • Not even in the wet, greasy street could she find any unsightliness that afternoon.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • The bull is then known as a “stub-horn,” and his horns increase in roughness and unsightliness as he grows older.

  • To the unsightliness of this picture is added an unstable seat.

    South America To-day Georges Clemenceau
  • Because of the unsightliness of my appearance I have been driven away from my home.

  • Illness, ugliness, unsightliness of any kind, had a horror for Mr. Saltus.

    Edgar Saltus: The Man Marie Saltus
  • There was a full assortment of the halt, the hump-backed, and the crippled,—all degrees of sightlessness and unsightliness.

  • Nothing daunted by the sight of her own unsightliness, she took a bucket and went into the back yard.

    Prudence Says So Ethel Hueston
  • It was in the new-born grass blades, thrusting up their delicate heads to rid the world of winter's unsightliness.

    The Heart of Unaga Ridgwell Cullum
  • In many cases all that is necessary is to veneer the face sides, thus covering and hiding any unsightliness.

    Woodwork Joints William Fairham
British Dictionary definitions for unsightliness

unsightly

/ʌnˈsaɪtlɪ/
adjective
1.
unpleasant or unattractive to look at; ugly
Derived Forms
unsightliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unsightliness

unsightly

adj.

early 15c., "displeasing to the eye," from un- (1) "not" + sight + -ly (1). Cf. Middle Dutch onsichtlijc "invisible; ugly," Middle High German unsihtlih "invisible." Related: Unsightliness. Middle English sightlie is attested from mid-15c. but only in the sense "visible;" sightly as "pleasing to the eye" is from 1560s.

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