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

Examples of uncomplimentary in a Sentence

an uncomplimentary description of the town in which the writer grew up
Recent Examples on the Web Neither party admitted to liability and each agreed to refrain from making disparaging, negative or uncomplimentary statements about the other, the document said. Lorraine Mirabella, Baltimore Sun, 29 July 2022 Reviews from Rolling Stone and The New York Times were similarly uncomplimentary, and were soon pulled from publication following Lennon's murder. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 9 Dec. 2020 The nation’s capital is replete with lawyers, and thus lawyer jokes (most of them uncomplimentary). George Weigel, National Review, 2 Dec. 2019 Cherry was regularly uncomplimentary of how some European players played the game. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, 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, 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, 10 Oct. 2019 The recent protests have included uncomplimentary references to la junta — the local name for the oversight board. Los Angeles Times, 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, 9 July 2019 See More

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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 29 Sep. 2022.

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