One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘benefit claimants often encounter unsympathetic staff’
uncaring, unconcerned, unfeeling, insensitive, unkind, compassionless, uncharitable, unpitying, pitiless, uncommiserating, indifferent, unresponsive, apathetic, unmoved, untouched, heartless, cold, hard-hearted, stony-hearted, hard, harsh, callous, cruel, inhuman
2‘the new Assembly was quite unsympathetic to these views’
opposed to, against, set against, dead set against, antagonistic towards, inimical to, anti, ill-disposed towards, disapproving of
sympathetic, in agreement with
3‘he is a totally unsympathetic character’
unlikeable, disagreeable, unpleasant, objectionable, obnoxious, unsavoury, unattractive
unsociable, uncongenial, unfriendly, inhospitable, unneighbourly, unapproachable, aloof, cool, cold, distant
nasty, ill-natured, cross, bad-tempered
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