un·​com·​pli·​men·​ta·​ry | \ ˌən-ˌkäm-plə-ˈmen-tə-rē How to pronounce uncomplimentary (audio) , -ˈmen-trē \

Definition of uncomplimentary

: not complimentary : derogatory uncomplimentary remarks

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Examples of uncomplimentary in a Sentence

an uncomplimentary description of the town in which the writer grew up
Recent Examples on the Web The nation’s capital is replete with lawyers, and thus lawyer jokes (most of them uncomplimentary). George Weigel, National Review, "Remembering Rob Odle," 2 Dec. 2019 Cherry was regularly uncomplimentary of how some European players played the game. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Don Cherry's popularity with his fans couldn't save him this time from anti-immigrant remark," 12 Nov. 2019 An uncomplimentary set of players under two head coaches with no plan, Spurs stumbled their way to sixth place somehow, despite their best efforts to finish in the bottom half. SI.com, "7 Crazy Seasons That Needed an Amazon 'All or Nothing' Documentary," 21 Oct. 2019 In this case, the noun brickbat, meaning a hard object like a brick that’s used as a missile or an uncomplimentary remark, gave us the verb brickbat, meaning to launch one of these physical or verbal weapons. June Casagrande, Burbank Leader, "A Word, Please: Oxford English Dictionary gives its approval for some new words," 10 Oct. 2019 The recent protests have included uncomplimentary references to la junta — the local name for the oversight board. Los Angeles Times, "Puerto Ricans press for Gov. Rossello’s resignation ahead of major protest Monday," 20 July 2019 Twitter then trained its moderators to spot dehumanizing content, using a list of 42 religious groups as a guide and the tweet of Mr. Trump’s uncomplimentary phrase about certain countries as an example of what to allow. Kate Conger, New York Times, "Twitter Backs Off Broad Limits on ‘Dehumanizing’ Speech," 9 July 2019 Bill Gates had some uncomplimentary things to say about Trump in a tape obtained by NBC's Chris Hayes. NBC News, "First Read's Morning Clips: Senate 'absolutely' in play, McConnell says," 18 May 2018 During that campaign, Trump took away press credentials from a few outlets that published uncomplimentary coverage. Emily Price, Fortune, "President Trump Threatens to Take Away Press Credentials Over 'Fake News'," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of uncomplimentary

1837, in the meaning defined above

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“Uncomplimentary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncomplimentary. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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: expressing a low opinion of someone or something : not complimentary

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