Definition of unprosperous in US English:



  • Not enjoying or bringing financial success.

    • ‘So let him not expel you both from the Garden, so that thou art unprosperous.’
    • ‘She was the property of Edward Brodess, an unprosperous farmer who staved off bankruptcy by hiring out or selling his slaves.’
    • ‘At all events, I the present writer, hereby take shame upon myself for their sakes, and pray that any curse incurred by them - as I have heard, and as the dreary and unprosperous condition of the race for some time back would argue to exist - may be now and henceforth removed.’
    • ‘Anders Chydenius’ youth was passed in the unprosperous and barren surroundings of Northern Finland.’
    • ‘Three miles of overlooked greenery, tunnels and bridges; too deep and too narrow to be worth developing in this unprosperous neighbourhood.’
    • ‘The presence of a Punch show in such scenes seemed to represent the seedy, unprosperous life that was too often the lot of Punchmen and their lower class audiences.’
    • ‘We never met a man, or woman, or child anywhere in this sunny island who seemed to be unprosperous, or discontented, or sorry about anything.’
    • ‘The happy or unprosperous event of any action, is not only apt to give us a good or bad opinion of the prudence with which it was conducted, but almost always too animates our gratitude or resentment, our sense of the merit or demerit of the design.’
    • ‘Rugeley is the worst of these; for it seems to have fallen back - from the staring red brick, perfectly modern, outworks that can get nothing to do - upon the old village street, which is built of sad, sullen-looking dirty-brown stone, miserable without the once-adjoining fields, and most disheartening to the passenger from the utterly unprosperous look of the place.’
    • ‘Tirukural 218: Those who know duty deeply never neglect giving, even in their own unprosperous season.’
    • ‘The concept of a popular economic endorsement of slavery is also strongly supported by recent denials that the southern slave economy was either unprosperous or unhealthy.’
    • ‘In the meantime, several distinctly unprosperous regions have reached the brink of total malarial collapse, virtually ruled by swarms of buzzing, flying syringes.’
    • ‘Impecunious and improvident - or, as one biographer phrased it more kindly, ‘unprosperous’ were invariably on the list of invocations as well.’
    • ‘It is almost without instance that any government was unprosperous under learned governors.’
    • ‘It has caused them to be unprosperous for three years.’
    • ‘Cairbré died after five years of most unprosperous royalty, and his son, the wise and prudent Morann, showed his wisdom and prudence by refusing to succeed him.’
    • ‘Blessed He has made me, wherever I may be; and He has enjoined me to pray, and to give the alms, so long as I live, and likewise to cherish my mother; He has not made me arrogant, unprosperous.’
    • ‘On the 19 of December, 1606, we set sail from Blackwall, but by unprosperous winds, were kept six weeks in the sight of England; all which time, Master Hunt our preacher, was so weak and sick, that few expected his recovery.’
    • ‘Developing from a single New York city bakery in 1849 to its present position with 22 bakery plants and $44.575.000 assets the Ward company, particularly since the deaths of Charles A. Ward and William Breining Ward has been unprosperous.’
    • ‘A private man, however successful in his own dealing, if his country perish is involved in her destruction; but if he be an unprosperous citizen of a prosperous city, he is much more likely to recover.’
    unprofitable, loss-making
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