ungenerous

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

Definition of ungenerous

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

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Other Words from ungenerous

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
Recent Examples on the Web This might sound obvious, but its logic lately has played out for me during quarantine, when anxious projections and ungenerous readings haunted too many interactions. Jane Hu, The New Yorker, 11 June 2021 The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, through which the U.S. government supports arts and culture, have pitifully ungenerous budgets and had become dishearteningly large political footballs. Los Angeles Times, 18 Jan. 2021 The sauce is a little too pasty, and the toppings situation is ungenerous. Los Angeles Times, 27 Jan. 2021 Mank adds another layer with its own ungenerous portrait of Welles, and sympathetic one of Mankiewicz. Jeva Lange, TheWeek, 4 Dec. 2020 The dentist himself is an unlovely specimen — racist, ungenerous and vain, a man whose two ruling goals are to become a Freemason and to continue his blood line. Katherine A. Powers, Star Tribune, 6 Nov. 2020 Genshin Impact presents its odds right inside the Wish system, but that hasn’t deterred players from calling them unfair or ungenerous. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, 2 Nov. 2020 Waters’ memory of Household Objects was equally ungenerous. Tom Maxwell, Longreads, 3 Sep. 2020 Jones’s affection for her onscreen avatar is unsurprising, given that Jones endured her share of ungenerous treatment during her run on the show. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 31 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of ungenerous

1641, in the meaning defined above

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7 Jul 2021

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“Ungenerous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ungenerous. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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