unsavoury


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unsavoury

(ʌnˈseɪvərɪ) or

unsavory

adj
1. objectionable or distasteful: an unsavoury character.
2. disagreeable in odour or taste
unˈsavourily, unˈsavorily adv
unˈsavouriness, unˈsavoriness n
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.unsavoury - morally offensiveunsavoury - morally offensive; "an unsavory reputation"; "an unsavory scandal"
2.unsavoury - not pleasing in odor or tasteunsavoury - not pleasing in odor or taste  
unpalatable - not pleasant or acceptable to the taste or mind; "an unpalatable meal"; "unpalatable truths"; "unpalatable behavior"
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unsavoury

adjective
1. unpleasant, nasty, obnoxious, offensive, revolting, distasteful, repellent, repulsive, objectionable, repugnant The sport has long been associated with unsavoury characters.
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Translations
رَديء ، نابٍ
nechutný
modbydeligubehagelig
ókræsilegur, ógeîfelldur
nebaudāmspretīgs

unsavoury

unsavory (US) [ˈʌnˈseɪvərɪ] ADJ [person] → indeseable; [remark etc] → desagradable, repugnante
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unsavoury

[ʌnˈseɪvəri] (British) unsavory (US) adj [character, person] → peu recommandable; [district] → mal famé(e); [reputation, incident] → douteux/euse
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unsavoury

, (US) unsavory
adj
(= tasteless) foodfade, geschmacklos
(= unpleasant) smell, sightwiderwärtig, widerlich; appearance (= repulsive)abstoßend, widerwärtig; (= dishonest, shady etc)fragwürdig; subject, details, rumoursunerfreulich; jokeunfein; districtübel, fragwürdig; characterszwielichtig, übel; reputationzweifelhaft, schlecht; an unsavoury businesseine unfeine Geschichte
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unsavoury

unsavory (Am) [ʌnˈseɪvrɪ] adj (character, business, activity) → equivoco/a, losco/a; (place, district, reputation) → poco raccomandabile; (appearance) → sgradevole
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unsavoury

(anˈseivəri) adjective
very unpleasant or disgusting. I have heard some unsavoury stories about that man.
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References in classic literature ?
In an evil hour he satisfied the jealous inquiries of the contraband hotel-keeper; in an evil hour he penetrated into the somewhat unsavoury interior.
I turned and surveyed the unsavoury length of the ship.
However, we shall hear more than enough at the inquest on such unsavoury topics."
During this time her only visitor was an uncouth Swede, the Kincaid's unsavoury cook, who brought her meals to her.
He forgot his messages; he was easily diverted from the straight path of duty by the attractions of stray cats and dogs, which he followed down narrow alleys into unsavoury courts; by the comedies of the streets, which he contemplated open-mouthed, to the detriment of his employer's interests; or by the dramas of fallen horses, whose pathos and violence induced him sometimes to shriek pierceingly in a crowd, which disliked to be disturbed by sounds of distress in its quiet enjoyment of the national spectacle.
Dimmesdale so evidently was, to eat his unsavoury morsel always at another's board, and endure the life-long chill which must be his lot who seeks to warm himself only at another's fireside, it truly seemed that this sagacious, experienced, benevolent old physician, with his concord of paternal and reverential love for the young pastor, was the very man, of all mankind, to be constantly within reach of his voice.
"She ain't driftin' any this trip," said the man, angrily, for the Carrie Pitman had an unsavoury reputation for breaking her ground- tackle.
Jo fights it out at his crossing among the mud and wheels, the horses, whips, and umbrellas, and gets but a scanty sum to pay for the unsavoury shelter of Tom-all-Alone's.
Sir Richard thus over- matched was sent unto by Alfonso Bacan to remove out of the Revenge, the ship being marvellous unsavoury, filled with blood and bodies of dead, and wounded men, like a slaughterhouse.
Bradley assenting, went with him into an early public-house, haunted by unsavoury smells of musty hay and stale straw, where returning carts, farmers' men, gaunt dogs, fowls of a beery breed, and certain human nightbirds fluttering home to roost, were solacing themselves after their several manners; and where not one of the nightbirds hovering about the sloppy bar failed to discern at a glance in the passion-wasted nightbird with respectable feathers, the worst nightbird of all.
Neither of them had time to speak, however, before there was a tap at the door, and the spokesman of the street Arabs, young Wiggins, introduced his insignificant and unsavoury person.
Sherlock Holmes had pushed away his untasted breakfast and lit the unsavoury pipe which was the companion of his deepest meditations.