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  • adj. not sympathetic

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  • adj. not having an open mind
  • adj. not agreeing with your tastes or expectations
  • adj. (of characters in literature or drama) tending to evoke antipathetic feelings
  • adj. not sympathetic or disposed toward
  • adj. lacking in sympathy and kindness


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un- +‎ sympathetic


  • I know myself that some authors on some days will persuade me to be interested in unsympathetic characters, and then other authors on other days will not.

    On John Updike « Tales from the Reading Room

  • To avoid anthropomorphizing, some turn to what might be called unsympathetic biology: a biology free of subjectivity or such messy considerations as consciousness, preferences, sentiment, or personal experiences.


  • Devers was one of the kind sometimes called unsympathetic, that is, he seemed so, but it was more in manner than in fact, for few troop commanders in his regiment were really more careful in providing for their men than he.

    Under Fire

  • It helps no one's career to be identified as unsympathetic to working people, even if the misconduct of which they are accused consists of not working.

    Henry J. Stern: The Wages of Sin

  • In incidents over the past several years, the organization has barred journalists identified as unsympathetic, kicked out parents who were perceived as being impertinent, and asked security to remove a public health official.

    NPR Topics: News

  • She's often described as unsympathetic, yet I would say that she simply makes reasonable choices that in the world of the book turn out to be quite believably unpleasant for her.

    The Morning News

  • Broughton_ nearly credible and less "unsympathetic" than was just.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 152, March 21, 1917

  • She merely calls it 'unsympathetic' of a new-comer to disturb the harmony of sober-minded people by the introduction of coquetry.

    A Romantic Young Lady

  • By most writers he is held to have been a man of coarse, "unsympathetic" nature, "a rough sea-dog," capable of good feeling and kindly impulses at times, but neither governed by them nor by principle.

    The Mayflower and Her Log; July 15, 1620-May 6, 1621 — Complete

  • And if you think that being 'unsympathetic' is enough to merit

    The Guardian World News


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