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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On September 10th, Mr Trump sacked Mr Bolton in his usual unceremonious fashion—by tweet. The Economist, "Donald Trump fires John Bolton, his third national security adviser," 10 Sep. 2019 Bolton was hated across the political spectrum, so his unceremonious canning gave rare cause for universal celebration. Adam Weinstein, The New Republic, "Firing John Bolton Doesn’t Make You a Pacifist," 10 Sep. 2019 Burning suspected witches at the stake was thought to solve that problem, but in Adie’s case, officials had to find something else to do with her remains—hence the unceremonious grave, topped with a hulking stone. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Wanted: The Missing Bones of a Scottish ‘Witch’," 3 Sep. 2019 Bochy’s departure was unceremonious at the time, but his career is not short on ceremonies. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Giants’ Bruce Bochy honored with farewell tribute in ‘the place it all started’," 26 July 2019 The unanimous vote was unceremonious and was without debate or discussion. Cody Boteler, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore County Board of Education approves $14.8 million contract for Chromebooks," 12 June 2019 After an unceremonious end in Denver, Marshall shouldn’t have to wait long to see his former team. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Brandon Marshall, former Broncos LB, adjusts to new aesthetic with Raiders," 29 July 2019 The Growlers, who are part of the Northwoods summer baseball league for college players, posted video of Coach Drake’s tantrum following his unceremonious ejection. Matt Mcnulty, PEOPLE.com, "6-Year-Old 'Coach' Ejected from Summer College Baseball Game, Throws a Big (Adorable) Tantrum," 17 July 2019 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

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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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