untoward

The adjective untoward describes something offensive or inappropriate, like the rumors of untoward behavior that can shatter a Hollywood icon's reputation.

Untoward also describes things that are not good for you, such as untoward advice from someone your parents always said was a bad influence. Think about what you do when you move toward something: you get closer to it. Suppose you're moving toward a goal. You are, as they say, "on the right path." But when you add the prefix un- you reverse that, and you're no longer on the path to that goal — you're untoward.

DEFINITIONS OF: untoward

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

“moved to curb their untoward ribaldry”
Synonyms:
indecent, indecorous, unbecoming, uncomely, unseemly
improper
not suitable or right or appropriate

adj contrary to your interests or welfare

“made a place for themselves under the most untoward conditions”
Synonyms:
adverse, inauspicious
unfavorable, unfavourable
not encouraging or approving or pleasing
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