unceremonious

adjective
un·cer·e·mo·ni·ous | \ˌən-ˌser-ə-ˈmō-nē-əs \

Definition of unceremonious 

1 : not ceremonious : informal

2 : abrupt, rude an unceremonious dismissal

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Other Words from unceremonious

unceremoniously adverb
unceremoniousness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for unceremonious

Synonyms

abrupt, bluff, blunt, brusque (also brusk), crusty, curt, downright, short, snippy

Antonyms

circuitous, mealymouthed

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Examples of unceremonious in a Sentence

His unceremonious dismissal by the new boss surprised everybody. my polite request was met with an unceremonious refusal

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Following Howard’s unceremonious exit from Charlotte—with the Hornets willing to absorb two years and $32 million of Timofey Mozgov’s presence to unload him—the veteran center finds a relatively soft landing spot in Washington. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "Grades: If Wizards' Locker Room Survives, Dwight Howard and Jeff Green Are Worthy Gambles," 3 July 2018 The turn of events marked an unceremonious exit for the secretary of state who was once the chief executive of ExxonMobil. Dan Lamothe, Washington Post, "Mattis downplays significance of Tillerson’s firing as ‘a Washington, D.C., story’," 15 Mar. 2018 The questions are interspersed with more traditional CYOA decisions, eventually funneling you toward either a grand revelation, or an unceremonious restart at the saloon. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Westworld’s free Alexa game is like a radio drama crossed with a quiz show," 20 June 2018 And the ending was a sweep, the second of James' career in the NBA Finals and perhaps a most unceremonious end to his time in Cleveland. Tim Reynolds, Houston Chronicle, "LeBron James gets swept, and now all eyes on his future," 9 June 2018 The Carmelo Anthony Era in Oklahoma City is approaching an unceremonious end. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "With His OKC Era Waning, Carmelo Anthony Must Pick Between Two Clear Free-Agency Paths," 6 July 2018 And the ending was a sweep, the second of James' career in the NBA Finals and perhaps a most unceremonious end to his time in Cleveland. Tim Reynolds, Houston Chronicle, "LeBron James gets swept, and now all eyes on his future," 9 June 2018 Carletto strikes again Even after the most unceremonious of exits, Carlo Ancelotti managed to land right on his feet, and on home soil to top. Juan Pimiento, chicagotribune.com, "The Champions League final, Wenger's successor at Arsenal and the best of the week in soccer," 24 May 2018 And the ending was a sweep, the second of James' career in the NBA Finals and perhaps a most unceremonious end to his time in Cleveland. Tim Reynolds, Houston Chronicle, "LeBron James gets swept, and now all eyes on his future," 9 June 2018

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First Known Use of unceremonious

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unceremonious was in 1598

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unceremonious

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English Language Learners Definition of unceremonious

: happening or done very suddenly and quickly with no effort to be careful or polite

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