undiplomatic

adjective

un·​dip·​lo·​mat·​ic ˌən-ˌdi-plə-ˈma-tik How to pronounce undiplomatic (audio)
: not diplomatic
especially : tactless
undiplomatically adverb

Example Sentences

the reporter's undiplomatic references to the state's overweight governor
Recent Examples on the Web Officials attending the first US-China summit under the new Biden administration in March 2021 exchanged undiplomatic words, highlighting a tense relationship between the world’s two largest economies grappling with a simmering trade war. Laura He, CNN, 15 Nov. 2022 While waiting to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Washington in the spring, Vietnam’s prime minister and his subordinates had a few undiplomatic things to say. Paul Farhi, Washington Post, 15 Nov. 2022 The two have had highly undiplomatic relations, hissing and swiping at each other. Karla Adam, Washington Post, 24 Dec. 2020 His cajoling, threats, and insults—however coarse and undiplomatic—did create a sense of urgency among European leaders that forced them to answer his concerns. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 2 July 2022 Hungary Prime Minister Viktor Orban predicted the defeat and last weekend took an undiplomatic swipe at the EU’s campaign to rein in his government. Stephanie Bodoni, Bloomberg.com, 16 Feb. 2022 Throughout the talks this week, Russian diplomats tweeted undiplomatic messages seeking to intimidate, or perhaps to rile up the folks at home. Frida Ghitis, CNN, 13 Jan. 2022 But There Are Reasons To Commiserate: While many defense export underdogs may cheer France’s temporary setback, there good reason to indulge France’s undiplomatic, board room-like response to this big business loss. Craig Hooper, Forbes, 23 Sep. 2021 Quartz: In a nutshell, why are China’s diplomats sometimes so undiplomatic? Tripti Lahiri, Quartz, 2 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of undiplomatic was circa 1828

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“Undiplomatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undiplomatic. Accessed 26 Jan. 2023.

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