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Princeton's WordNet

  1. unsavory, unsavoury, offensiveadjective

    morally offensive

    "an unsavory reputation"; "an unsavory scandal"

  2. distasteful, unsavory, unsavouryadjective

    not pleasing in odor or taste


  1. unsavouryadjective

    Alternative spelling of unsavory

    The lawyer and twice-divorced mother of three had presented herself as the modern face of her party, trying to strip it of unsavoury overtones after her father's convictions for saying the Nazi occupation of France was not "particularly inhumane".

  2. Etymology: un- savoury

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Unsavouryadjective

    Can that which is unsavoury be eaten without salt? or is there any taste in the white of an egg? Job vi. 6.

    Unsavoury food, perhaps,
    To spiritual natures. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    Some may emit an unsavoury odour, which may happen from the quality of what they have taken. Brown.

    Things of so mean regard, although necessary to be ordered, are notwithstanding very unsavoury, when they come to be disputed of; because disputation pre-supposeth some difficulty in the matter. Richard Hooker, b. v.

    Unsavoury news; but how made he escape? William Shakespeare.


  1. unsavoury

    Unsavoury is an adjective used to describe something unpleasant, distasteful, morally offensive, or unappetizing. It can refer to food having an unpleasant taste or to a situation, behaviour or character which are disagreeable or socially unacceptable.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Unsavoury

    un-sā′vor-i, adj. not savoury, tasteless: unpleasing, disgusting.—adv. Unsā′vourily.—n. Unsā′vouriness.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of unsavoury in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of unsavoury in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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