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  • adv. In an uncomfortable manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In an uncomfortable manner; with discomfort or uneasiness; in an uneasy state.

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

  • adv. in physical discomfort


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uncomfortable +‎ -ly


  • Even at the end of 2012, when Obama could be running for re-election, the jobless rate is expected to remain uncomfortably high, at 6.8% to 7.5%

    President Obama takes on ambitious December agenda

  • And "there is something particularly resonant about such nightmarish phantasms when placed within uncomfortably familiar British sites, a juxtaposition which has long been exploited by purveyors of the uncanny."

    GreenCine Daily: 28 Weeks Later.

  • The methods consisted of making prisoners stand for long periods, sleep deprivation ... playing music at full volume, having to sit in uncomfortably ...


  • (The novel's first English translation was published in uncomfortably good time for the al Qaeda massacre of Australian holidaymakers in the pseudo-paradise of Bali.)

    Holy Writ

  • There is much power about the brow, much enterprise in the strong, somewhat aquiline nose, great softness and sweetness in the eyes, but the thickness of the lips and chin betray the want of cultivation; indeed, the curious manner in which the mouth is pursed up, would seem to indicate that an eager temper naturally kept it unclosed, and that the restraint of sitting for a picture rendered the expression uncomfortably prim.

    Pioneers and Founders or, Recent Workers in the Mission field

  • Heroes often wear that title uncomfortably, so I don't use the word often. RSS - home

  • For an instant their glances met and in her eyes the man saw an expression uncomfortably reminiscent of that day at Sheep Camp when she had turned public wrath upon his brother Jim's head.

    The Winds of Chance

  • While speaking, he would keep his eyes upon the person addressed with an expression uncomfortably searching.

    The Prince of India — Volume 01

  • "Try to think that love's not around/but it's uncomfortably near" is the first line and the way he allows his voice to crack while reaching for the high note on "uncomfortably" (and later on "unbearably" and "uncommonly") is exactly the sort of stroke only an artist with a lifetime of experience can deliver.

    Michael Giltz: CDs: Willie Nelson's New American Classic

  • In the final section of his article on Mitt Romney, Sridhar Pappu asked the governor about his LDS temple garments and characterized himself as "uncomfortably" posing the question.

    Letters to the Editor


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