V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. causing misfortune or disadvantage; 2. not appropriate or fitting; 3. beyond the ordinary or expected

Synonyms: adverse, troublesome, disturbing, inconvenient, irritating, unfortunate, unruly, uncouth, inimical, unfavorable

Antonyms: suitable, acceptable, favorable, fortunate

Tips: The root word toward is most commonly used as a preposition, but it can also be used as an adjective, meaning "having a successful or good outcome." Untoward is the opposite of this. For a memory trick, think of how you would want to move toward something toward (fortunate), but you would want to move away from something untoward (unfortunate).

Usage Examples:

I purchased extra insurance for the rental car to protect against any untoward expenses in the event of an accident. (unfortunate)

She punished her son for his untoward attitude. (unruly, irritating)

Kathy said that even though nothing untoward had happened on her date, she still didn't have a good time. (troublesome, irritating, adverse)

The couple's untoward separation saddened all of their friends. (unfortunate)

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