[ UK /ʌnhˈæpɪli/ ]
[ US /ənˈhæpəɫi/ ]
ADVERB
  1. in an unfortunate way
    sadly he died before he could see his grandchild
  2. in an unpleasant way
    they were unhappily married
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How To Use unhappily In A Sentence

  • They play urban refugees - an unhappily married man and a coffee-shop girl burdened by her ill father - on the threshold of potential love.
  • However, even the wisdom of a political boss is not infallible, and despite the succulent graces of the barbecue numbers of the ascetic and jeans-clad elder worthies, though fed to repletion, collogued unhappily together among the ox-teams and canvas-hooded wagons on the slope, commenting sourly on the frivolity of the dance. Una Of The Hill Country 1911
  • Unhappily, we fear that such a consummation is still far distant. Disunion in the United States
  • And one would expect, therefore, that a progressive and systematically thoughtful government would move heaven and earth to rescue the nation from the carnage which AIDS is taking, and unhappily, that is not the case, although in every other country in southern Africa I have visited, they are moving heaven and earth to turn things around. CNN Transcript Sep 9, 2006
  • Happily or unhappily, depending on which way you view it, the blonde in question is likely to be the company's yet-to-be-launched new brew - an oak-aged pale ale.
  • While many happy human-animal relationships have begun with pet shop animals, there are many others which have ended unhappily.
  • At this point I am taking a coffee break as I retch once again at the thought of whale blubber sitting unhappily in my oesophagus.
  • Gluttony, Orson Welles once said ruefully, is not a secret vice and unhappily the solution to weight loss is also blindingly obvious - whatever you eat, eat less.
  • The story ended unhappily for all parties concerned: Harris was disgraced and his reputation exploded, but the forgers were also hounded out of Australia.
  • Disturbed by Lewis's examination of her newborn, the heifer mooed unhappily.
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