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unsavory (adj.)

also unsavoury, early 13c., "tasteless, insipid," from un- (1) "not" + savory (adj.). Meaning "unpleasant or disagreeable to the taste" is attested from late 14c.; of persons, from c. 1400. Related: Unsavoriness.

updated on February 28, 2014

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Definitions of unsavory from WordNet

unsavory (adj.)
morally offensive;
an unsavory reputation
an unsavory scandal
Synonyms: unsavoury / offensive
unsavory (adj.)
not pleasing in odor or taste;
Synonyms: distasteful / unsavoury
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