1. hard to deal with; especially causing pain or embarrassment

- in the unenviable position of resorting to an act he had planned to save for the climax of the campaign

Similar word(s): difficult, hard, awkward, embarrassing, sticky

2. so undesirable as to be incapable of arousing envy

- unenviable notoriety

Similar word(s): undesirable, unwanted

Sentences with unenviable as an adjective:

- Valjean was in the unenviable position of either living with the knowledge an innocent would suffer for his crime or reveal his true identity and go back to prison.