Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not deemed visually attractive.
  • adj. Not pleasant; disagreeable: an unlovely personality.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. unattractive, ugly

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not lovely; not amiable; possessing qualities that excite dislike; disagreeable; displeasing; unpleasant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not lovely.
  • Not beautiful or attractive to the eye; displeasing to the sight.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. without beauty or charm

Etymologies

un- +‎ lovely (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I find writers whose writing is lovely in unlovely settings so interesting.

    Small Town Dreaming « Tales from the Reading Room

  • Preston's strange heat and sudden Southernism, Mr. Davis's wile and greatness, a coming disputed election, quarrels between the people where I was born and the people where I was brought up, divisions and jealousies, floated before my mind in unlovely and confused visions.

    Daisy

  • "Others called her unlovely, but in her spirit she was beautiful, and I think as time passed that came to be reflected in her physical aspect.

    Harpy Thyme

  • By this time the Ten of Clubs, the Nine, the Eight, and all the little cards of the pack were dancing about us in a state bordering on frenzy, but Maida and Sir Ralph together eventually evolved a kind of unlovely order out of chaos, and everybody was told off to perform some task or other: one to sweep, one to dust, one to change the bedding.

    My Friend the Chauffeur

  • Groups who are called unlovely names "co-opt" the terms, and by doing so, defuse them.

    Page 2

  • Though he looses a shock-and-awe flurry of evidentiary darts (natural selection, fossil records, molecular biology, and much more), he also mutes some of the shriller tendencies that have unhinged — or at least made hectoring and unlovely — his previous works.

    Cover to Cover

  • His choice of the unlovely, pedestrian Ford sedan as a metaphor is telling: pilots like Corcoran see the F‑22 as a Formula One racer by comparison.

    The Last Ace

  • During the fashion boom that began in the 1980s, the relationship between fashion and its customers was the same as the one between art and its rich, often unlovely patrons: all that money sloshing around led to excessive consumption, but it also created a fertile soil in which works of beauty and integrity could develop.

    Fashion in Dark Times

  • More generally, the relationship between fashion and the few who populated the boom-engendered scene under the tents, as well as between fashion and the vast army of boom-engendered fashion customers, was the same as the relationship between art and its rich, powerful, often unlovely patrons: all that money sloshing around led to excessive, vulgar creations and consumption, but it also created a fertile soil in which works of beauty and integrity could develop.

    Fashion in Dark Times

  • Furniture that had been unlovely new, now covered with dust and grit, bespoke in its casual disarray a hasty abandonment.

    Abomination at the Shilkie

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