grace·​less | \ ˈgrās-ləs How to pronounce graceless (audio) \

Definition of graceless

1 : lacking in divine grace : immoral, unregenerate
2a : lacking a sense of propriety a graceless accusation
b : devoid of attractive qualities
3 : artistically inept or unbeautiful graceless dancing

Other Words from graceless

gracelessly adverb
gracelessness noun

Examples of graceless in a Sentence

Her writing can be graceless and awkward at times. a graceless person who was a butterfingered lout when it came to playing basketball
Recent Examples on the Web This month's unusually public firing of TV content chief Peter Rice stunned Hollywood insiders, aghast by what seemed a graceless breach of industry etiquette, and spooked Disney shareholders who knocked the stock down nearly 4%. Nicole Gull Mcelroy, Fortune, 16 June 2022 Ali’s desperation breeds a painful solitude underscored by his initially graceless homecoming. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 May 2022 Shea Stadium is not Eden, and the picture of Tom and Nancy Seaver leaving its graceless precincts in tears did not immediately remind me of the Expulsion of Adam and Eve in the Brancacci Chapel. Harper's Magazine, 28 Sep. 2021 Lin tore down the graceless expansions, preserving only the shell of the original Lord & Hewlett building. Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2021 Just look at all the graceless work enabled by pixels, all the dull and droning selfies, all the videos shot in portrait mode. Philip Martin, Arkansas Online, 27 Sep. 2020 The others are the Turbo S Sport Turismo, an extended-roof model that manages not to be completely graceless, and a pair of plug-in hybrids, the 4S E-Hybrid and 5.9-inch longer 4S E-Hybrid Executive. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 23 Sep. 2020 That team is leading the championship race again, but its superiority belies a turbulent, graceless campaign that featured five defeats before the coronavirus brought the season to a halt. Tariq Panja, New York Times, 9 May 2020 This, where many oilfield workers live in the booming Permian Basin oil fields, is the graceless side of the energy economy, a cluttered zone of mobile homes, oil tanks, service trucks, salvage yards, and endless commercial metal buildings. John Maccormack,, 2 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of graceless

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Jul 2022

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“Graceless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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