unhappy

unhappy
[[t]ʌnhæ̱pi[/t]]
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unhappier, unhappiest
1) ADJ-GRADED If you are unhappy, you are sad and depressed.

Her marriage is in trouble and she is desperately unhappy...

He was a shy, sometimes unhappy man...

I thought of my father's unhappy boyhood.

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unhappily ADV-GRADED usu ADV with v

`I don't have your imagination,' King said unhappily.

...an unhappily married woman.

unhappiness N-UNCOUNT

There was a lot of unhappiness in my adolescence.

2) ADJ-GRADED: v-link ADJ, oft ADJ about/at n/-ing, ADJ that If you are unhappy about something, you are not pleased about it or not satisfied with it.

He has been unhappy with his son's political leanings...

I suspect he isn't altogether unhappy about my absence...

A lot of Republicans are unhappy that the government isn't doing more.

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unhappiness N-UNCOUNT oft N with/about n, N that

He has, by submitting his resignation, signalled his unhappiness with the government's decision.

3) ADJ: ADJ n An unhappy situation or choice is not satisfactory or desirable.

It is our hope that this unhappy chapter in the history of relations between our two countries will soon be closed...

The legislation represents in itself an unhappy compromise.

...unhappy experiences of writing for television.


English dictionary. 2008.

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