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
Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Andrés Iniesta Plots a Return to Barcelona, Where the Beauty Is Gone," 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,, "Odessa gunman lived in a dirt-floor shack and once confronted neighbor while carrying a rifle," 2 Sep. 2019 When Walker and his old frenemy Tyrese reunite for the first time, director John Singleton (Boyz n the Hood) shoots their graceless scuffle in a Buster Keaton-esque longshot while an FBI guy has a snack. Peter Opaskar, Ars Technica, "What I learned about cars watching all 8 Fast & Furious movies in 4 days," 2 Aug. 2019 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

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First Known Use of graceless

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Graceless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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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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