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

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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

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Still worse, Coes' graceless prose is worthy of a grudging C- in a college freshman writing class. Bruce Desilva, Dallas News, "'The Russian' by Ben Coes is a preposterous thriller," 30 July 2019 The disaster, in this case, is 2019’s Summer of Sequelae, as dismal a movie season as audiences can remember as one spinoff has followed the other with a graceless thud. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Review: Woody and Buzz are back and better than ever," 20 June 2019 This act — this graceless, puny act — insults both the democratic ideal and the sporting ideal. Marcus Hayes,, "Trump dumps Eagles because, to him, size matters | Marcus Hayes," 4 June 2018 This is the most vain piece of graceless showing off. A.a. Gill, A-LIST, "Fraught, But It Counts," 4 July 2018 The African Cultural Heritage Art Center suffers from graceless architecture, the result of a functional but awkward renovation of two bunker-like 1970s buildings. Jane Wooldridge, miamiherald, "These 18 made the cut. That’s when the real work began. Now they’re part of the Entourage. | Miami Herald," 22 Apr. 2018 Those tend to be drab, self-important, graceless and lacking in nuance. Adrian Daub, New Republic, "What Babylon Berlin Sees in the Weimar Republic," 14 Feb. 2018 Is Trump’s decision to bring Kelly’s son into the debate tacky and graceless? David A. Graham, The Atlantic, "How Trump Changed the Topic to Obama's Consolation Calls," 17 Oct. 2017 Basketball was a graceless, plodding, physical game. Frank Fitzpatrick,, "A look back at Wilt Chamberlain on the anniversary of his death," 12 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of graceless

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of graceless was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of graceless

: awkward or clumsy
: having a style or shape that is not attractive or pleasing
: not kind or polite

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