Definition of untoward:
petulant, froward, resist, adverse, unseasonable, star-crossed, lawless, refractory, unbefitting, unsatisfactory, inauspicious, uncomely, indecent, ominous, fractious, intractable, obstreperous, undisciplined, untimely, help, wild, wilful, unadvantageous, negative, indecorous, order, unhappy, peace, disorderly, usual, control, ill, unfavourable, unruly, self-willed, recalcitrant, disadvantageous, refractory, ungovernable, harmful, wayward, naughty, ill-starred, perverse, luckless, indocile, contrary, uncontrollable, inimical, unbecoming, ill-fated, unfavorable, hapless, obstinate, unmanageable, unseemly, luck, improper, stubborn, unruly, factious, immodest.
- adverse (part of speech: adjective)
- inappropriate (part of speech: adjective)
- improper (part of speech: adjective)
- "Sunk at Sea", R.M. Ballantyne.
We have too much sympathy with the trials of a vigorous but eccentric mind, struggling in untoward circumstances, and against an adverse tide, to maintain a position of honorable independence, to say a word that could wound the feelings or injure the prospects of a man of science.- "Modern Atheism under its forms of Pantheism, Materialism, Secularism, Development, and Natural Laws", James Buchanan.
I hear that by some untoward circumstances, no doubt accidental, you have never received, my dear Agassiz, the letter expressing the pleasure which I share with all true lovers of science respecting your important undertaking, " Contributions to the Natural History of the United States."- "Louis Agassiz: His Life and Correspondence", Louis Agassiz.