One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘an unhappy childhood’
sad, miserable, sorrowful, dejected, despondent, disconsolate, morose, regretful, broken-hearted, heartbroken, down, downcast, dispirited, downhearted, heavy-hearted, crestfallen, depressed, melancholy, blue, gloomy, glum, mournful, despairing, doleful, forlorn, woebegone, woeful, tearful, long-faced, joyless, cheerless, out of sorts
informal down in the mouth, down in the dumps, fed up, grumpy
2‘in the unhappy event of litigation’
unfortunate, unlucky, luckless, hapless, ill-starred, ill-fated, star-crossed, ill-omened, doomed, blighted, wretched, miserable
3‘if you are unhappy with a new hairstyle, complain to your hairdresser while you are still in the salon’
dissatisfied, displeased, discontented, disappointed, disgruntled
British informal not best pleased
4‘indeed, ‘disorganized capitalism’ seems an unhappy term for conveying what they are dealing with’
inappropriate, unsuitable, inapt, unfortunate
regrettable, ill-chosen, tactless, ill-advised, injudicious
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