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un·hap·py

 (ŭn-hăp′ē)
adj. un·hap·pi·er, un·hap·pi·est
1. Not happy or joyful; sad or sorrowful: unhappy over his friend's departure.
2. Not satisfied; displeased or discontented: unhappy with her raise.
3. Not attended by or bringing good fortune; unlucky: an unhappy development.
4. Not suitable; inappropriate: an unhappy choice of words.

un·hap′pi·ly adv.
un·hap′pi·ness n.

unhappy

(ʌnˈhæpɪ)
adj, -pier or -piest
1. not joyful; sad or depressed
2. unfortunate or wretched: an unhappy fellow.
3. tactless or inappropriate: an unhappy remark.
4. archaic unfavourable
unˈhappily adv
unˈhappiness n

un•hap•py

(ʌnˈhæp i)

adj. -pi•er, -pi•est.
1. sad; miserable; wretched.
2. unfortunate; unlucky.
3. unfavorable; inauspicious: an unhappy omen.
4. infelicitous; unsuitable: an unhappy choice of words.
[1250–1300]
un•hap′pi•ly, adv.
un•hap′pi•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.unhappy - experiencing or marked by or causing sadness or sorrow or discontentunhappy - experiencing or marked by or causing sadness or sorrow or discontent; "unhappy over her departure"; "unhappy with her raise"; "after the argument they lapsed into an unhappy silence"; "had an unhappy time at school"; "the unhappy (or sad) news"; "he looks so sad"
cheerless, depressing, uncheerful - causing sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy; "the economic outlook is depressing"; "something cheerless about the room"; "a moody and uncheerful person"; "an uncheerful place"
discontent, discontented - showing or experiencing dissatisfaction or restless longing; "saw many discontent faces in the room"; "was discontented with his position"
dejected - affected or marked by low spirits; "is dejected but trying to look cheerful"
dysphoric, unhappy, distressed - generalized feeling of distress
infelicitous - not appropriate in application; defective; "an infelicitous remark"; "infelicitous phrasing"; "the infelicitous typesetting was due to illegible copy"
sad - experiencing or showing sorrow or unhappiness; "feeling sad because his dog had died"; "Better by far that you should forget and smile / Than that you should remember and be sad"- Christina Rossetti
sorrowful - experiencing or marked by or expressing sorrow especially that associated with irreparable loss; "sorrowful widows"; "a sorrowful tale of death and despair"; "sorrowful news"; "even in laughter the heart is sorrowful"- Proverbs 14:13
joyless - not experiencing or inspiring joy; "a joyless man"; "a joyless occasion"; "joyless evenings"
happy - enjoying or showing or marked by joy or pleasure; "a happy smile"; "spent many happy days on the beach"; "a happy marriage"
2.unhappy - generalized feeling of distressunhappy - generalized feeling of distress  
dejected - affected or marked by low spirits; "is dejected but trying to look cheerful"
unhappy - experiencing or marked by or causing sadness or sorrow or discontent; "unhappy over her departure"; "unhappy with her raise"; "after the argument they lapsed into an unhappy silence"; "had an unhappy time at school"; "the unhappy (or sad) news"; "he looks so sad"
3.unhappy - causing discomfortunhappy - causing discomfort; "the unhappy truth"
unpleasant - disagreeable to the senses, to the mind, or feelings ; "an unpleasant personality"; "unpleasant repercussions"; "unpleasant odors"
4.unhappy - marked by or producing unhappinessunhappy - marked by or producing unhappiness; "infelicitous circumstances"; "unhappy caravans, straggling afoot through swamps and canebrakes"- American Guide Series
unfortunate - not favored by fortune; marked or accompanied by or resulting in ill fortune; "an unfortunate turn of events"; "an unfortunate decision"; "unfortunate investments"; "an unfortunate night for all concerned"

unhappy

adjective
2. unlucky, unfortunate, hapless, luckless, cursed, wretched, ill-omened, ill-fated I have already informed your unhappy father of your expulsion.
unlucky lucky, fortunate
3. displeased, discontented, disgruntled, disappointed, dissatisfied, disapproving of He has been unhappy with his son's political leanings.
displeased pleased, satisfied
4. inappropriate, awkward, clumsy, unsuitable, inept, ill-advised, tactless, ill-timed, injudicious, infelicitous, malapropos, untactful The legislation represents in itself an unhappy compromise.
inappropriate becoming, suitable, apt, prudent, tactful
Quotations
"Those who are unhappy have no need for anything in this world but people capable of giving them their attention" [Simone Weil Waiting on God]

unhappy

adjective
2. Involving or undergoing chance misfortune:
3. Characterized by inappropriateness and gracelessness, especially in expression:
Translations
تَعِيستَعيس، بائِسيُؤْسَف له، تَعيس
nešťastnýpolitováníhodný
ulykkeliguheldig
onneton
nesretan
óhamingjusamuróheppilegur, leiîinlegur
不幸な
슬픈
buvimas nelaimingonelaimingai
nejauksnelādzīgsnelaimīgs
žalosten
olycklig
เศร้า
buồn rầu

unhappy

[ʌnˈhæpɪ] ADJ (unhappier (compar) (unhappiest (superl)))
1. (= sad) [person] → infeliz; (stronger) → desdichado; [childhood] → infeliz; (stronger) → desgraciado, desdichado; [marriage] → infeliz; [memory] → desagradable
that unhappy timeaquella triste época
I had an unhappy time at schoollo pasé muy mal en la escuela
she was unhappy in her marriageno fue feliz or fue infeliz en su matrimonio
she looked so unhappyse la veía tan triste
don't look so unhappy!¡no pongas esa cara tan triste!
to make sb unhappy other children at school were making him unhappyotros niños en el colegio le estaban haciendo sufrir
it makes me unhappy to see you upsetme entristece or pone triste verte disgustada
2. (= not pleased) → descontento
to be unhappy about sthno estar contento con algo, estar descontento con algo
to be unhappy with sth/sbno estar contento con algo/algn, estar descontento con algo/algn
3. (= uneasy, worried)
I'm unhappy about leaving him on his ownno estoy a gusto dejándolo solo, me preocupa dejarlo solo
4. (= unfortunate) [remark] → poco acertado, inoportuno; [experience, situation] → lamentable
5. (= ill-fated) [day] → desafortunado

unhappy

[ʌnˈhæpi] adj
(= sad) [person, childhood, marriage] → malheureux/euse
He was very unhappy as a child → Il était très malheureux quand il était petit.
to look unhappy → avoir l'air malheureux
to make sb unhappy → rendre qn malheureux/euse
(= not pleased) → mécontent(e)
to be unhappy about sth → être mécontent(e) de qch
The residents are unhappy about the noise → Les résidents sont mécontents du bruit.
to be unhappy with sth → être mécontent(e) de qch
(= unfortunate) [remark] → malheureux/euse; [choice, compromise, accident] → malheureux/euse
the unhappy state of sth → le triste état de qch

unhappy

adj (+er)
(= sad)unglücklich; look, voicetraurig; state of affairsbedauerlich, traurig
(= not pleased)unzufrieden (about mit), nicht glücklich (→ about über +acc); (= uneasy)unwohl; to be unhappy with somebody/somethingmit jdm/etw unzufrieden sein; to be unhappy at work/schoolunzufrieden mit der Arbeit/der Schule sein; to be unhappy about or at doing somethingnicht glücklich darüber sein, etw zu tun; he was unhappy about or at getting a decrease in his salaryer war nicht glücklich darüber, dass sein Gehalt gekürzt wurde; if you feel unhappy about itwenn Sie darüber nicht glücklich sind; (= worried)wenn Ihnen dabei nicht wohl ist; I feel unhappy about letting him goich lasse ihn nur ungern gehen; some were unhappy to see him goeinige sahen ihn nur ungern gehen
(= unfortunate) coincidence, day, match, phrasingunglücklich; personglücklos; an unhappy choice/colour (Brit) or color (US) schemekeine gute Wahl/Farbzusammenstellung

unhappy

[ʌnˈhæpɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl)))
a. (sad) → infelice
an unhappy state of affairs → una situazione spiacevole
b. (not pleased) → scontento/a; (uneasy, worried) → preoccupato/a, inquieto/a
unhappy with (arrangements) → insoddisfatto/a di
to be unhappy about sth/doing sth → non essere contento/a di qc/di fare qc
c. (unfortunate, remark, choice) → infelice; (coincidence) → sfortunato/a

unhappy

(anˈhӕpi) adjective
1. sad or miserable. He had an unhappy childhood.
2. regrettable. He has an unhappy knack of always saying the wrong thing.
unˈhappiness noun
unˈhappily adverb
1. in a sad or miserable way. He stared unhappily at her angry face.
2. unfortunately. Unhappily, I shan't be able to see you tomorrow.

unhappy

تَعِيس nešťastný ulykkelig unglücklich δυστυχισμένος infeliz onneton malheureux nesretan infelice 不幸な 슬픈 ongelukkig ulykkelig nieszczęśliwy infeliz несчастливый olycklig เศร้า mutsuz buồn rầu 不快乐的

unhappy

a. infeliz, desgraciado-a.

unhappy

adj infeliz, descontento
References in classic literature ?
She blushed deeply as she answered: "I was so unhappy about Sir James that I could not help--I have done something very wrong, I know; but you have not an idea of the misery I have been in: and mamma had ordered me never to speak to you or my uncle about it, and--" "You therefore spoke to my brother to engage his interference," said I, to save her the explanation.
There was nothing mean or ungenerous in the young man's heart, and he was glad that his future wife should not be restrained by false prudery from being kind (in private) to her unhappy cousin; but to receive Countess Olenska in the family circle was a different thing from producing her in public, at the Opera of all places, and in the very box with the young girl whose engagement to him, Newland Archer, was to be announced within a few weeks.
If I doubted, should I cast away relatives, friends, everything, for this unhappy country's sake; this unhappy country,' he cried, springing up in bed, after repeating the phrase 'unhappy country's sake' to himself, at least a dozen times, 'forsaken of God and man, delivered over to a dangerous confederacy of Popish powers; the prey of corruption, idolatry, and despotism
The young fellow has by no means been unhappy there; the best lodging the Bastile affords has been his.
Wives are unhappy sometimes; from no fault of their husbands--from their own.
You are unhappy, my dear sir," the stranger continued.
He had already quite a collection of prizes, worthless books on bad paper, but in gorgeous bindings decorated with the arms of the school: his position had freed him from bullying, and he was not unhappy.
Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
To them, among other matters, the secret of unhappy marriages was as simple as can be.
Now the King of this unhappy country was growing old, and so was the Queen, and they had no children.
my beloved Laura (cried Sophia) for pity's sake forbear recalling to my remembrance the unhappy situation of my imprisoned Husband.
It is my great sorrow, and makes my life very unhappy.