un·​dip·​lo·​mat·​ic | \ ˌən-ˌdi-plə-ˈma-tik How to pronounce undiplomatic (audio) \

Definition of undiplomatic

: not diplomatic especially : tactless

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undiplomatically \ ˌən-​ˌdi-​plə-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce undiplomatically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of undiplomatic in a Sentence

the reporter's undiplomatic references to the state's overweight governor
Recent Examples on the Web Instead of playing the role of professional diplomats, a growing number of them post undiplomatic comments there. New York Times, "Ousting U.S. Reporters, China Signals Confidence in Its Own Message," 18 Mar. 2020 Bernd von Jutrczenka/Picture Alliance, via Getty Images WASHINGTON — For a diplomat, Richard Grenell has a remarkable record of being undiplomatic. New York Times, "An Undiplomatic Diplomat Wins Power in Trump’s Washington," 4 Mar. 2020 Chinese diplomats are using President Trump’s favorite platform to say decidedly undiplomatic things in the global square. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "What Nikki Haley Gets Wrong About the Confederate Flag," 9 Dec. 2019 This inference was, at least, undiplomatic and, perhaps, reckless. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "What to Make of the Dispute Between Warren and Sanders at the Democratic Debate?," 15 Jan. 2020 Trump sent Erdogan a remarkably undiplomatic letter, first reported by Fox Business, cajoling and threatening the Turkish president. W.j. Hennigan, Time, "Litany of Defeat: Trump Defends Rising Costs of "Strategically Brilliant" Mideast Retreat," 18 Oct. 2019 And the Ukrainian leader, sounding very much like someone speaking to a particular one-man audience, offered up some undiplomatic criticism of Europe’s two most powerful leaders, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron. Los Angeles Times, "Ukraine’s president, a former actor, assumes unwanted role in Trump controversy," 25 Sep. 2019 Earlier in the negotiations the German side tried to push matters in ways that were considered undiplomatic by Namibia. Quartz Africa, "Even after acknowledging the Namibia genocide of WWI, Germany still hasn’t learned the key lesson," 10 Aug. 2019 Both possessed verbal virtuosity and both were perhaps fatally undiplomatic, Miranda told the magazine. 15. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Here comes 'Hamilton': What you need know about the musical coming to Baltimore that took over the world," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of undiplomatic

circa 1828, in the meaning defined above

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“Undiplomatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undiplomatic. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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