One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Not having a friendly manner; not pleasant.‘a fat man with unamiable blue eyes’‘he appears deeply unamiable’
uncharitable, unpleasant, disagreeable, nasty, mean, mean-spirited, cruel, vicious, spiteful, malicious, malevolent, harsh, callous, pitiless, ruthless, unsympathetic, unfeeling, compassionless, uncaring, snide, shabby, hurtful, wounding, upsetting, ill-natured, hard-hearted, heartless, cold-hearted, merciless, brutal, savage, inhumanView synonyms
- ‘We tend to confine moral epithets to those amiable or unamiable qualities which require more cultivation to become habitual, or depend to a greater extent upon the presence or absence of self-discipline.’
- ‘In Tacitus's obituary he is an unamiable novus homo (first man of his family to reach the consulship.’
- ‘For I am temperance written in letters ten foot high; I am sharp and unamiable as the morning's sorrows, whose shadows lie jagged across the smoky evening.’
- ‘What confirmed the liberals in this unamiable habit was their success in keeping Robert Bork off the Supreme Court in 1987.’
- ‘They branded him ‘degraded, unteachable, unamiable, querulous, and unmanly.’’
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