untoward


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un·to·ward

 (ŭn-tôrd′)
adj.
1. Improper; unseemly: untoward behavior.
2. Unfavorable or adverse: an untoward incident.

un·to·ward′ly adv.
un·to·ward′ness n.

untoward

(ˌʌntəˈwɔːd; ʌnˈtəʊəd)
adj
1. characterized by misfortune, disaster, or annoyance
2. not auspicious; adverse; unfavourable
3. unseemly or improper
4. out of the ordinary; out of the way
5. archaic refractory; perverse
6. obsolete awkward, ungainly, or uncouth
ˌuntoˈwardness n

un•to•ward

(ʌnˈtɔrd, -ˈtoʊrd)

adj.
1. unfavorable or unfortunate.
2. improper.
3. Archaic. froward; perverse.
[1520–30]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.untoward - not in keeping with accepted standards of what is right or proper in polite societyuntoward - not in keeping with accepted standards of what is right or proper in polite society; "was buried with indecent haste"; "indecorous behavior"; "language unbecoming to a lady"; "unseemly to use profanity"; "moved to curb their untoward ribaldry"
improper - not suitable or right or appropriate; "slightly improper to dine alone with a married man"; "improper medication"; "improper attire for the golf course"
2.untoward - contrary to your interests or welfareuntoward - contrary to your interests or welfare; "adverse circumstances"; "made a place for themselves under the most untoward conditions"
unfavorable, unfavourable - not encouraging or approving or pleasing; "unfavorable conditions"; "an unfavorable comparison"; "unfavorable comments", "unfavorable impression"

untoward

untoward

adjective
1. Tending to discourage, retard, or make more difficult:
2. Involving or undergoing chance misfortune:
4. Not in keeping with conventional mores:
Idiom: out of line.
Translations

untoward

[ˌʌntəˈwɔːd] ADJ (= adverse) → adverso; (= inapt) → impropio; (= unfortunate) → desafortunado

untoward

[ˌʌntəˈwɔːrd] adjfâcheux/euse

untoward

adj (= unfortunate) eventunglücklich, bedauerlich; (= unseemly)unpassend, ungehörig; nothing untoward had happenedes war kein Unheil geschehen

untoward

[ˌʌntəˈwɔːd] adj (frm) → increscioso/a
References in classic literature ?
Her efforts in this line, however, were brought to an abrupt close by an untoward accident, which quenched her ardor.
Bear in mind, too, that under these untoward circumstances he has to cut many feet deep in the flesh; and in that subterraneous manner, without so much as getting one single peep into the ever-contracting gash thus made, he must skilfully steer clear of all adjacent, interdicted parts, and exactly divide the spine at a critical point hard by its insertion into the skull.
She lived with her single daughter in a very small way, and was considered with all the regard and respect which a harmless old lady, under such untoward circumstances, can excite.
He has a sullen, rebellious spirit; a violent temper; and an untoward, intractable disposition.
I reflected that even in those untoward times there must have been latent in Biddy what was now developing, for, in my first uneasiness and discontent I had turned to her for help, as a matter of course.
Oh," said the goatherd, "I do not know even the half of what has happened to the lovers of Marcela, but perhaps to-morrow we may fall in with some shepherd on the road who can tell us; and now it will be well for you to go and sleep under cover, for the night air may hurt your wound, though with the remedy I have applied to you there is no fear of an untoward result.
Men, upon too many occasions, do not give their own understandings fair play; but, yielding to some untoward bias, they entangle themselves in words and confound themselves in subtleties.
The ape-man could not but think of the fate of his little party should some untoward incident arouse even momentarily the rage of fear of a single one of all these thousands.
The beer frolic, however, passed off without any untoward circumstance; and, unlike most drinking bouts, left neither headache nor heartache behind.
I was willing to take Pelet for what he seemed--to believe him benevolent and friendly until some untoward event should prove him otherwise.
The interpreter, who is invariably a 'tabooed Kanaka'*, leaps ashore with the goods intended for barter, while the boats, with their oars sloped, and every man on his thwart, lie just outside the surf, heading off the shore, in readiness at the first untoward event to escape to the open sea.
This young gentleman was of an excellent - indeed of an illustrious family, but, by a variety of untoward events, had been reduced to such poverty that the energy of his character succumbed beneath it, and he ceased to bestir himself in the world, or to care for the retrieval of his fortunes.