inelegance

noun
in·​el·​e·​gance | \ (ˌ)i-ˈne-li-gən(t)s How to pronounce inelegance (audio) \

Definition of inelegance

: lack of elegance

Examples of inelegance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Sombor Shuffle is a perfect example of innovation disguised by inelegance. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "The NBA Playoffs Are Really a Space Race," 25 Sep. 2020 To pay close attention to the news is to trap oneself in a daily cycle of outrage, self-righteousness, a pained recognition of the inelegance of that self-righteousness, and, finally, a feeling of futility. Ian Crouch, The New Yorker, "“This Is the Future That Liberals Want” Is the Joke That Liberals Need," 3 Mar. 2017 There is a kind of intentional inelegance, a stubborn awkwardness to Lynch’s work, something akin to outsider art, that keeps it from ever seeming glib,soulless or less than felt. Robert Lloyd, latimes.com, "As the reboot of 'Twin Peaks' unfolds, a reminder that it is meant to be experienced, not necessarily understood," 30 June 2017

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First Known Use of inelegance

1726, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inelegance was in 1726

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“Inelegance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inelegance. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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