What is another word for untoward?

Synonyms for untoward
ʌnˈtɔrd, -ˈtoʊrdun·to·ward

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  1. untowardadjective

    Unruly, troublesome.

    unruly, fractious, uncontrollable, difficult, stubborn, troublesome

  2. untowardadjective

    Unseemly, improper.

    improper, unseemly, immodest

  3. untowardadjective

    inconvenient, unfavorable, adverse, unfortunate, disadvantageous

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. untoward

    Perverse (Latin perversus, turned the wrong way) signifies wilfully wrong or erring, unreasonably set against right, reason, or authority. The stubborn or obstinate person will not do what another desires or requires; the perverse person will do anything contrary to what is desired or required of him. The petulant person frets, but may comply; the perverse individual may be smooth or silent, but is wilfully intractable. Wayward refers to a perverse disregard of morality and duty; froward is practically obsolete; untoward is rarely heard except in certain phrases; as, untoward circumstances. Compare OBSTINATE.

    contrary, factious, fractious, froward, intractable, obstinate, perverse, petulant, stubborn, ungovernable, wayward, wilful

    accommodating, amenable, complaisant, compliant, genial, governable, kind, obliging

Princeton's WordNet

  1. indecent, indecorous, unbecoming, uncomely, unseemly, untowardadjective

    not in keeping with accepted standards of what is right or proper in polite society

    "was buried with indecent haste"; "indecorous behavior"; "language unbecoming to a lady"; "unseemly to use profanity"; "moved to curb their untoward ribaldry"

    indelicate, indecorous, inauspicious, unbecoming, indecent, uncomely, unseemly, adverse

    favourable, favorable, proper

  2. adverse, inauspicious, untowardadjective

    contrary to your interests or welfare

    "adverse circumstances"; "made a place for themselves under the most untoward conditions"

    unseemly, indecorous, inauspicious, contrary, ill, unbecoming, adverse, uncomely, indecent, ominous, unfortunate

    favorable, favourable, proper

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. untowardadjective

    1. froward, perverse, intractable, stubborn, refractory

  2. untowardadjective

    inconvenient, unmanageable, annoying, troublesome, vexatious

  3. untowardadjective

    awkward, ungainly, ungraceful, uncouth

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "untoward":

    unpleasant, unfortunate, unfavourable, unfavorable

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How to use untoward in a sentence?

  1. Charlotte Guttridge:

    Throughout the trip, Otto behaved as a typical tourist - taking pictures, enjoying himself. We had no indication that anything untoward had happened until the airport.

  2. Jim Clyburn:

    That to me indicated, something untoward may have been going on.

  3. Culture Minister Lina Mendoni:

    Motivated by financial gain, publicity and self promotion, Elgin deployed illegal and untoward measures to extract from Greece the Sculptures of the Parthenon and a plethora of other antiquities in a blatant act of serial theft.

  4. Yanzhong Huang:

    The Party wants to make sure nothing untoward, such as a major outbreak, could potentially threaten social stability, shadow the leadership transition process -- and not to mention tarnish Xi's personal leadership credibility.

  5. David Mitrani:

    E Street Group provides multiple different services to Ilhan for Congress under an arms-length contract fundraising, digital advertising and the like, as a part of those services, the principals of E Street Group travel around the country fundraising for the Congresswoman. There is nothing untoward about this, nor anything illegal about it and the complaint even misstates the law on travel reimbursements (as it is not required for payments to vendors, only for payments specifically to individuals).

Translations for untoward

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  • صعب المراسArabic
  • genstridigeDanish
  • desfavorable, desventajoso, problemático, impropio, adversoSpanish
  • désavantagieux, irrégulier, ennuyeux, nocif, déplacé, inopportunFrench
  • անվայելուչ, ձախորդ, անբարենպաստ, կամակոր, դժբախտ, անվայել, անպատշաճ, համառ, անհնազանդArmenian
  • onregeld, onbetamelijk, onwelvoeglijk, ongunstig, schadelijk, vervelendDutch
  • ufinNorwegian
  • неблагоприятныйRussian
  • nevhodnýSlovak

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