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 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 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, 2 Aug. 2019 Still worse, Coes' graceless prose is worthy of a grudging C- in a college freshman writing class. Bruce Desilva, Dallas News, 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, 20 June 2019

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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. 2021.

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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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