Definitions

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  • adv. In an unpleasing manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In an unpleasing manner.

Etymologies

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unpleasing +‎ -ly

Examples

  • If you've never seen "Arcadia," its absence may not be immediately apparent, but those who know the play well will likely find this earnest revival to be unpleasingly flat.

    When Good Enough Just Isn't Enough

  • He seems to suggests that it is unpleasingly vague in that it raises as many political questions as it answers, to say nothing of the policy questions.

    Matthew Yglesias » Bringing People Together

  • For the mention of Asa brought rather unpleasingly before him the stocky and decidedly not well-groomed figure of his younger brother, whom he had not seen in so many years.

    An American Tragedy

  • In the distance a group of dairy - maids were plying their task, which they accompanied throughout with snatches of Irish songs which, mellowed by the distance, floated not unpleasingly to the ear; and beside them sat or lay, with all the grave importance of conscious protection, six or seven large dogs of various kinds.

    The Purcell Papers

  • I thought, too, that I perceived the traces of sorrow in her countenance, which was excessively, although to my taste, not unpleasingly, pale.

    Error Felix

  • Alleyn looked at the not-quite-closed eyes, the long lashes and the full mouth that had smirked so unpleasingly at him that morning in The Dolphin.

    Killer Dolphin

  • A bas-relief of a fourteenth-century Mardian merely reminded her unpleasingly of Dame Alice.

    Death of a Fool

  • There is, indeed, no atmosphere to Middleton's mind; and the hard, bald caustic peculiarity of his genius, which is unpleasingly felt in reading any one of his plays, becomes a source of painful weariness as we plod doggedly through the five thick volumes of his works.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 122, December, 1867

  • Woman as being unpleasingly strong, but we should guard against being purposely weak, with an idea of its being pleasing; Thackeray's Amelia is hardly a good model, and Patient Grizzel did her husband an infinity of harm!

    Stray Thoughts for Girls

  • These teeth gave him an unpleasingly feminine appearance increased by his chilly old-maidish manner, which suggested that he lived in a state of perpetual offence.

    Death of a Peer

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