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
Recent Examples on the Web To be sure — three of my favorite weasel words — being able to sit on an inherited IRA for up to 10 years without being required to take annual distributions isn’t ungenerous. Allan Sloan, Washington Post, "The rich can probably escape new laws on inherited IRAs. But the rest of us can’t.," 14 Feb. 2020 Doubtless encouraged by the board’s friendly rejection, the private equity group raised its offer to a still ungenerous $52.50 a share in May. Washington Post, "Sotheby’s, the Billionaire and the Reserve Price," 19 Sep. 2019 Yet despite these virtues, the book that contains them is sour, ungenerous, and ignorant. Graham Hillard, National Review, "Ian McEwan Doesn’t Get Brexit," 24 Oct. 2019 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, Washington Post, "Gore Vidal’s ‘Lincoln’ and other best audiobooks for summer’s end," 29 Aug. 2019 That their argument was precarious as well as ungenerous may easily be seen. Colin Barrett, Harper's magazine, "“Just Keep Going North”," 5 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of ungenerous

1641, in the meaning defined above

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“Ungenerous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ungenerous. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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