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  • adjective not appealing to the senses
  • adjective not tempting


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  • Meanwhile the man killed and boiled a fowl, and boiled some sweet potato, and when these untempting viands, and a calabash of poi were put before us, we sat round them and eat; I with my knife, the others with their fingers.

    The Hawaiian Archipelago

  • In the chilly dusk air, it looked most untempting, especially during that state of mind under which I was labouring.

    Lorna Doone

  • As you go in, you observe on your left a little glass partition, something like a large cage, inside which, in a bar, are four or five untempting-looking bottles; and also inside the cage, on a chair, is to be seen a quiet-looking female, who is invariably engaged in the manufacture of some white article of inward clothing.

    The Three Clerks

  • Now that his heart is subdued and slow he still looks for pearls, and tempts coy Fortune with dramatic sincerity and most untempting things.

    My Tropic Isle

  • He thought about devouring the sharks, not about the sharks devouring him; and if he could succeed in catching one, I doubt if one of us would reject the tough and untempting flesh.

    The Survivors of the Chancellor

  • Herbert, in the dingy solitude of his untempting chambers, might despair and look upon life and its aims as a hopeless enigma.

    Vera Nevill Or, Poor Wisdom's Chance

  • It would be a fit abode, she thought, for some recluse, determined to eschew the society of his fellow-men; here he could dwell, solitary and apart, surrounded on three sides by the grey, dividing sea, and protected on the fourth by the steep untempting climb that lay betwixt the town and the lonely house on the cliff.

    The Hermit of Far End

  • Had she been a sylph the prospect would have been most untempting, but a two-hundred-and-fifty-pounder!

    Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, August, 1878

  • Salad has come to form part of even the simplest dinners; and certainly cold meat and salad and excellent bread and butter make a meal by no means to be despised even by an epicure, while cold meat and bread and butter sound very untempting.

    Choice Cookery

  • The agitation of the day, followed by the somewhat unsuitable gayety of the evening, had thrown me into such a state of mental and bodily fatigue, that I had scarcely laid my side on my bed, untempting as it was, when I dropped into a heavy slumber.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 55, No. 342, April, 1844


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