un·​gen·​er·​ous | \ ˌən-ˈjen-rəs How to pronounce ungenerous (audio) , -ˈje-nə-\

Definition of ungenerous

: not generous:
a : petty, mean ungenerous criticisms
b : deficient in liberality : stingy an ungenerous offer

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ungenerously adverb

Examples of ungenerous in a Sentence

it is ungenerous for someone of his ample means not to provide more for the care of his aging parents

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Of those two competing representations, which one shows the real United Kingdom–the intelligent, forward-looking, inclusive one articulated in that Olympic ceremony, or the insular, ungenerous one expressed on that poster? Jonathan Coe, Time, "How Brexit Broke Britain and Revealed a Country at War With Itself," 6 June 2019 But this may be an ungenerous assumption about human nature, according to an expansive new study that found people are more likely to try and return lost wallets with money than those without. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "People Are Surprisingly Honest About Returning Lost Wallets," 21 June 2019 Given the density of visual information, this seems an especially ungenerous assessment. Andrew Martin, Harper's magazine, "Not Mere Projection," 10 Mar. 2019 In the consistently ungenerous swamps of social media, theories about the bowling-ball test centered on a vague idea that there had once been an ad that involved dropping a bowling ball on a car. Philip Bump, Washington Post, "So, uh, what’s this bowling-ball test that Trump was talking about?," 15 Mar. 2018 The ’12s were far better, and the ’14s appear to be very tight, ungenerous. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "Come for the Values, Stay (or Leave) for the Vintage," 1 Mar. 2018 Robinson would like us to reject the notion that Americans are naturally ungenerous capitalists. Sarah Begley, Time, "Marilynne Robinson on What It Means to Be a Christian in Trump's America," 1 Mar. 2018 That word was once used to describe a private shortcoming such as a person who was narrow-minded or ungenerous. Yoram Hazony, WSJ, "There’s No Such Thing as an ‘Illiberal’," 4 Aug. 2017 The remark isn’t funny and strikes an ungenerous note. Barton Swaim, WSJ, "Memoirs of an ‘Obamabot’," 29 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of ungenerous

1641, in the meaning defined above

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