un·​cer·​e·​mo·​ni·​ous ˌən-ˌser-ə-ˈmō-nē-əs How to pronounce unceremonious (audio)
: not ceremonious : informal
: abrupt, rude
an unceremonious dismissal
unceremoniously adverb
unceremoniousness noun

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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Word History

First Known Use

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unceremonious. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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un·​cer·​e·​mo·​ni·​ous ˌən-ˌser-ə-ˈmō-nē-əs How to pronounce unceremonious (audio)
: acting without or lacking ordinary courtesy : abrupt
an unceremonious departure
unceremoniously adverb

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