unpresentable


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unpresentable

(ˌʌnprɪˈzɛntəbəl)
adj
not fit to be shown or introduced to other people
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.unpresentable - creating an unfavorable or neutral first impressionunpresentable - creating an unfavorable or neutral first impression
unattractive - lacking beauty or charm; "as unattractive as most mining regions"
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unpresentable

[ˈʌnprɪˈzentəbl] ADJmal apersonado

unpresentable

adj (in appearance) → nicht präsentabel; clothes alsounansehnlich; (socially) → nicht gesellschaftsfähig; most of his friends are unpresentablemit den meisten seiner Freunde kann man sich in der Öffentlichkeit nicht blicken lassen
References in classic literature ?
As I lay in bed this morning between sleeping and waking, an idea came riding on a sunbeam into my room,--a mad, whimsical idea, but one that suits my mood; and put briefly, it is this: how is it that I, a not unpresentable young man, a man not without accomplishments or experience, should have gone all these years without finding that
She had counted upon an even dozen seating themselves at her round mahogany board, forgetting for the moment that Madame Ratignolle was to the last degree souffrante and unpresentable, and not foreseeing that Madame Lebrun would send a thousand regrets at the last moment.
Mr Meagles regretted that the nature of the duties in which she was engaged, rendered Mrs Tickit unpresentable at present, but hoped to introduce her to the new visitor to-morrow.
I could better eat with one who did not respect the truth or the laws than with a sloven and unpresentable person.
The eye cannot say to the hand, 'I have no need of you,' nor again the head to the feet, 'I have no need of you.' On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require.
The first is patient hope; it is unpresentable, secure trust, and courageous patience.
As the mode of the tentative and the liminal [...] meant to explore boundaries [...] or ceaselessly and failingly probe at the limits of representation and understanding, romance [...] presents that there is something unpresentable, inaccessible, inassimilable.
Here, the sublime entails presenting the unpresentable and cherishing the representation of the unrepresentable rather than producing communicative consensus.
Ambiguity is precisely a key word for traumatized subjects, as Freiburg points out, since as memories of a trauma are influenced by imagination, they are unreliable, however they "represent a version of truth" (77), thanks to the new art of trauma which seeks to "represent the unpresentable" (83).
Boose, '"The Getting of a Lawful Race": Racial Discourse in Early Modern England and the Unpresentable Black Woman', in Women, 'Race', and Writing, ed.