unenviable 1640s, from UN- (Cf. un-) (1) “not” + ENVIABLE (Cf. enviable).

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  • unenviable — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ difficult, undesirable, or unpleasant …   English terms dictionary

  • unenviable — [spelling only] …   English World dictionary

  • unenviable — un|en|vi|a|ble [ʌnˈenviəbəl] adj difficult and unpleasant unenviable task/job etc (of doing sth) ▪ the unenviable task of informing the victim s relations ▪ Edward III was in a delicate and unenviable position …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • unenviable — [[t]ʌne̱nviəb(ə)l[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n If you describe a situation or task as unenviable, you mean that nobody would enjoy dealing with it because it is very difficult, dangerous, or unpleasant. She had the unenviable task of making the… …   English dictionary

  • unenviable — adjective difficult and unpleasant: unenviable task: the unenviable task of informing the victim s relations …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • unenviable — adjective Difficult, undesirable, or unpleasant. was in the unenviable position of either living with the knowledge an innocent would suffer for his crime or reveal his true identity and go back to prison. Ant: enviable …   Wiktionary

  • unenviable — adj. Unenviable is used with these nouns: ↑job, ↑record, ↑reputation, ↑task …   Collocations dictionary

  • unenviable — un|en|vi|a|ble [ ʌn enviəbl ] adjective difficult and not at all enjoyable: an unenviable task/job …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • unenviable — UK [ʌnˈenvɪəb(ə)l] / US adjective difficult and not at all enjoyable Beck has the unenviable task of trying to rebuild the business …   English dictionary

  • unenviable — /ʌnˈɛnviəbəl/ (say un enveeuhbuhl) adjective disagreeable: an unenviable predicament. –unenviably, adverb …  

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