un·​cer·​e·​mo·​ni·​ous | \ ˌən-ˌser-ə-ˈmō-nē-əs How to pronounce unceremonious (audio) \

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


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


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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Not long after the launch, Nocera’s days at NASA came to an unceremonious end. John D'anna, azcentral, "A young engineer trainee found himself at the Apollo 11 launch with Barry Goldwater," 16 July 2019 The MacBook's unceremonious end isn't surprising; the laptop was always controversial. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Apple updates entry-level MacBook Air and Pro, discontinues MacBook," 9 July 2019 The Netflix special announcement came less than a week after two stories on the unceremonious shutdown of Babe.net, from Refinery29 and The Cut, were published. Lydia Wang, refinery29.com, "Netflix Announces A Surprise Aziz Ansari Special & TheTiming Is Interesting," 4 July 2019 Facebook’s Libra could die an unceremonious death before, or maybe soon after, its launch. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "Where will Facebook’s Libra be in six months?," 3 July 2019 Instead, Ford prolonged the sixth-generation car's life through the 2019 model year and then gave it an unceremonious sendoff, quietly ending production in March 2019. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "The Ford Taurus Still Exists in China—and It Looks Good," 22 May 2019 Their last big plan — the American Clean Energy and Security Act — passed the House in 2009 but went on to die an unceremonious death before reaching the Senate floor. David Roberts, Vox, "The Green New Deal, explained," 21 Dec. 2018 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

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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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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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