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1. Distasteful or disagreeable: an unsavory task.
2. Not savory: an unsavory meal.
3. Morally offensive: an unsavory scandal.

un·sa′vor·i·ly adv.
un·sa′vor·i·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.unsavoriness - extreme unpalatability to the mouthunsavoriness - extreme unpalatability to the mouth
unpalatability, unpalatableness - the property of being unacceptable to the mouth
2.unsavoriness - the property of being extremely unacceptable to the mind
unpalatability, unpalatableness - the property of being unacceptable to the mind; "the policy's unpalatability caused an uproar"
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(17) With pressure mounting to bring wrongdoers to swift justice, mixed with the general unsavoriness of trying such cases, internal office strife and personnel changes ensued.
Under the heading "Why a biennial for New Orleans?" it asserts that the exhibition "seeks to base an entirely new category of tourism for the city on the growing American interest in contemporary art." Therein lies the hint of unsavoriness that some people detect in Prospect.
Deploying archival records to tease out a "despairing" Pardoner preaching for an audience with no particular interest (as Patterson insists, no psychological interest) in the Pardoner's sexuality, Patterson's historicizing can no longer account for the Pardoner's characteristic unsavoriness, his over-the-top inciting of desire for his fake wares.