When someone doesn't seem to care about the misfortunes of others, they're unsympathetic. If you yawn while your friend is crying about her lost cat, you'll come across as terribly unsympathetic.

There are a few ways to use unsympathetic. If you lack sympathy (a feeling of sadness on behalf of someone else), you're unsympathetic: "I'm unsympathetic about her missing cashmere scarf, since I happen to know she has three more at home." It can also mean "unappealing" or "unlikeable." Darth Vader, up to a point, is a decidedly unsympathetic movie character. Finally, it can mean "disapproving," as in your unsympathetic opinion of an elected official whose policies you disagree with.

Definitions of unsympathetic
  1. adjective
    lacking in sympathy and kindness
    synonyms: unkindly
    lacking kindness
  2. adjective
    not sympathetic or disposed toward
    unsympathetic officialdom”
    “people unsympathetic to the revolution”
    “his dignity made him seem aloof and unsympathetic
    lacking compassion or feeling for others
    incompatible, uncongenial
    not suitable to your tastes or needs
    not responding to some influence or stimulus
    unsympathising, unsympathizing
    not showing or expressing sympathy
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    expressing or feeling or resulting from sympathy or compassion or friendly fellow feelings; disposed toward
    showing or having compassion
    suitable to your needs
    having or showing a tender and considerate and helpful nature; used especially of persons and their behavior
    feeling or expressing sympathy
    expressing sympathy with a person who experienced the death of a loved one
    empathetic, empathic
    showing empathy or ready comprehension of others' states
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  3. adjective
    not having an open mind
    synonyms: closed
    not receptive
  4. adjective
    (of characters in literature or drama) tending to evoke antipathetic feelings
    “all the characters were peculiarly unsympathetic
    synonyms: unappealing, unlikable, unlikeable
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    appealing, likable, likeable, sympathetic
    (of characters in literature or drama) evoking empathic or sympathetic feelings
  5. adjective
    not agreeing with your tastes or expectations
    “a job temperamentally unsympathetic to him”
    synonyms: disagreeable
    incompatible, uncongenial
    not suitable to your tastes or needs
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