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[uhn-suh k-ses] /ˌʌn səkˈsɛs/
lack of success; failure.
Origin of unsuccess
1580-90; un-1 + success Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Perhaps he had, half consciously, a sense of subtle kinship to the unsuccess and cheerful resignation of it all.

    Ponkapog Papers Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • Here, when all else was numbed by loneliness and hunger and unsuccess, it waked and warned me.

    A Woman of Genius Mary Austin
  • Francis I. intrenched himself strongly in his camp, which the Imperialists could not attack without great risk of unsuccess.

    A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
  • It is a forlorn enterprise—that is admitted; but there are degrees of unsuccess.

    The Craft of Fiction Percy Lubbock
  • He was one of the men who dropped an unsuccess very soon, and did not spend his energies fighting his way through.

    A Little Girl in Old San Francisco Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • So in his ignorance of the real difficulty, he had thought to conquer his unsuccess by putting forth a greater effort.

    To Him That Hath Leroy Scott
  • The rejected postulant, chopfallen and sullen, repaired to his mother and related his unsuccess.

    Mark Gildersleeve John S. Sauzade
  • I cannot live a month; I may die any day, but it would be horrible to leave my child to battle with poverty, unsuccess.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • At any rate, their success or unsuccess almost wholly depends upon its capacity to overcome internal evils.

  • After thirty-six days of unsuccess he killed a seal in the open sea.

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