Definition of unhappiness in English:



  • 1The feeling of not being happy; sadness.

    ‘I've seen too much unhappiness caused by broken marriages’
    • ‘Desire must be subordinate to reason, or else they will throw the individual out of balance and lead him into injustice and unhappiness.’
    • ‘More to the point, his suffering and unhappiness had taken their toll.’
    • ‘On the downside, I had projected a deep and profound unhappiness.’
    • ‘We cannot come to appreciate the happy times unless we have experienced the pain of unhappiness.’
    • ‘We go through periods of relative unhappiness or relative contentment.’
    • ‘She didn't want contentment but she wanted strong feeling, and you ask whether unhappiness is the price of feeling fully alive.’
    • ‘Weight and food become the symptoms of your unhappiness, and so you eat to compensate for your feelings.’
    • ‘His ability seemed to spring from perversity; perhaps even from unhappiness.’
    • ‘Scientology is meant to help clear people of unhappiness.’
    • ‘The sad part is no one saw my unhappiness.’
    • ‘Every step forward, every sentence of the book seems to contain a balance of unhappiness.’
    • ‘Her approach forced me to think about my contribution to the unhappiness in our home.’
    • ‘In one sense these apprehensions did her good, for they kept her from dwelling upon her own unhappiness.’
    • ‘Combine these qualities of self-denial and there is a propensity for deep unhappiness.’
    • ‘The notes by the deceased may, he submitted, have genuinely expressed unhappiness at the time of writing.’
    • ‘Even the ballads sound like the singers have only vaguely heard of the concept of romantic unhappiness.’
    • ‘It fills up your heart and the inner life with unhappiness and dissatisfaction.’
    • ‘Jasper was sitting in the back, groaning in unhappiness.’
    • ‘Attachment is not wholesome; it will sooner or later bring unhappiness.’
    • ‘I found myself quietly cheering at some of your eloquent criticisms of the pharmacological approach to unhappiness.’
    sadness, sorrow, dejection, depression, misery, cheerlessness, downheartedness, despondency, despair, desolation, wretchedness, malaise, glumness, gloom, gloominess, dolefulness
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    1. 1.1 The feeling of not being satisfied or pleased with a situation.
      ‘residents expressed their unhappiness at the council's decision’
      • ‘There is a lot of discomfort and unhappiness around the country about congestion and about transportation services in general.’
      • ‘But the level of support for the motion shows the unhappiness among members.’
      • ‘My unhappiness with the curriculum at the Academy deepened day by day.’
      • ‘There is widespread unhappiness about the cost and complexity of the system.’
      • ‘If your stylist is running late, express your unhappiness with the situation and give them a chance to toe the line next time.’
      • ‘He's coming in at a time when there's a lot of unhappiness with the field.’
      • ‘The reluctance of the peasants to sign statutory documents reflects their unhappiness about the terms of the Act of Emancipation of 1861.’
      • ‘Viewers voiced their unhappiness at the upheaval on the company's website.’
      • ‘I understated the grouchiness of the article, and the author's obvious unhappiness with a lot of new historicism.’
      • ‘Mirror sites that had not been true mirrors had been shut down over the past few months, and no-one had expressed unhappiness about this.’
      • ‘The main reason for his departure was his unhappiness with the company's performance.’
      • ‘And there were bishops who did not disguise their unhappiness with bishops who even raised such awkward questions.’
      • ‘There is a considerable body of case-law to this effect in the United States and elsewhere, even where the court expresses some unhappiness at the result.’
      • ‘Schools, businesses, heritage sites, householders, as well as the Shipley firefighters themselves… all are coming forward to express their unhappiness with the plan.’
      • ‘But unhappiness at workloads has been building up across the country for three years.’
      • ‘There's still a lot of unhappiness with him among the base, particularly on immigration and campaign finance reform.’
      • ‘Should their unhappiness with their contracts affect their draft status?’
      • ‘He said afterwards that he would be seeking legal advice about the aftercare his mother received and about his unhappiness with the evidence given.’
      • ‘Moscow has frequently expressed its unhappiness at losing control over the region.’
      • ‘His concern for society and the City, unhappiness with politicians, vast experience in managing the finances of public bodies, and keen study of the ills of Bangalore make him interesting.’