unamusing

unamusing

(ˌʌnəˈmjuːzɪŋ)
adj
not entertaining or amusing
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Young men of the richer sort had made a pastime of the same pursuit, 'which was not unamusing.' And hence bitter enmities had arisen; the professors of knowledge had revenged themselves by calling him a villainous corrupter of youth, and by repeating the commonplaces about atheism and materialism and sophistry, which are the stock-accusations against all philosophers when there is nothing else to be said of them.
Politics is stuffed with very unamusing people who take themselves far too seriously, and they're naturally suspicious of anyone who cracks a joke.
Serious business of governance shouldn't be trivialised with unamusing jokes, especially by someone whose ineptitude is dramatised by these jokes, whose incompetence is on steroids.
"PlayTime" is far from child's play, in other words--the closer one looks at its candy-colored works, the darker the vision one sees, which makes the show truly reflective of this very unamusing moment in history, when the only ones laughing are on their way to the bank.
Concluding, therefore, from the reaction of the metropolitan beggars, that several curious characters would disappear by being either compelled to industry, or to partake in the liberal parochial rates, provided for them in their respective work-houses, it occurred to the author of the present publication, that likenesses of the most remarkable of them, with a few particulars of their habits, would not be unamusing to those to whom they have been pests for several years.
As in romantic comedies, there are instances of witty, mocking, wisecracking, and clever ironic phrasing, but also of vulgar cursing, bawdy songs, insulting nicknames and verbal abuse to an extent that is rendered unamusing. Speech is used more as a weapon than a bonding device.
In a society where, as Tony Tanner writes, "there is no room for manoeuvre, no room for rearrangement, no room for any kind of escape" (190), indulging one's imaginative capabilities in interpretation becomes a source of amusement (one of the novel's favorite words) in an unamusing world.
These shows of calculated outrage -- and thus distance -- are becoming not just unconvincing but unamusing. In our system, the president is both head of state and head of government.
The unamusing responses from the two companies failed to ruffle the South Korean giant's anticipated mobile and wearables launch at the event.
Usually my columns begin with a question that takes me 800 or so words to answer in an unconvincing, rambling, unamusing and contradictory fashion.
(30) For the general public, this is not work but a very unamusing game that is also a frightening gamble.