Definition of unenviable in US English:

unenviable

adjective

  • Difficult, undesirable, or unpleasant.

    ‘an unenviable reputation for drunkenness’
    ‘he had the unenviable task of trying to reconcile their disparate interests’
    • ‘She added her thanks to the judging panel who had the unenviable task of selecting the winning companies.’
    • ‘There was no counselling in his day and he had the unenviable task of driving the first train back to Dublin after the scene had been cleared.’
    • ‘It is an unenviable task, yet it is a vital one if a modern healthcare system is to be delivered and patient expectations are to be met.’
    • ‘He has an unenviable task of improving national and international competitiveness for Scottish food products.’
    • ‘As the soldier's father, he had the unenviable task of identifying the body.’
    • ‘Over the years the Humber Bridge has built up an unenviable reputation for attracting would-be suicides.’
    • ‘The school secretary Mary Yates had the unenviable task of counting all the coins.’
    • ‘Mandy has the unenviable task of making sure that everyone gets a fair share of the donations and no-one gets too much.’
    • ‘Such expectation can create the unenviable task for the band to live up to positive critical reviews.’
    • ‘Environmental enforcement officers had the unenviable task of clearing the tree of the waste.’
    • ‘I had the unenviable task of being escorted by gardaí to cut off the water.’
    • ‘Against that background, it has been suggested to us that our task is an unenviable one; that may be right, it may be wrong.’
    • ‘The judges' unenviable task in both cases was to choose between the judgement of the doctors and the wishes of the parents.’
    • ‘Competing with memories of landmark movies is an unenviable task.’
    • ‘For a number of years the pub, formerly called Munnelly's, has had an unenviable reputation for attracting trouble.’
    • ‘Treasurer Ella Flynn has the unenviable task of ensuring that the little funding the centre gets is put to the best possible use.’
    • ‘Starting a film festival from scratch is an exciting but unenviable task.’
    • ‘To him fell the unenviable task of keeping the four independents happy.’
    • ‘The government faces an unenviable task in putting the pieces together again.’
    • ‘Remarkably, Freddie came through a second time and left hospital with the unenviable task of learning to walk again.’
    disagreeable, unpleasant, undesirable, difficult, nasty, horrible, painful, thankless
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Pronunciation

unenviable

/ˌənˈɛnviəb(ə)l//ˌənˈenvēəb(ə)l/