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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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 The result is an ungenerous viewership who are not seeing movies fairly. Josephine Livingstone, New Republic, "In Defense of Rotten Tomatoes," 13 Oct. 2017 Generous people could become ungenerous, and brave people could become frightened. Jennifer Senior, New York Times, "‘Dying: A Memoir’ Is a Bracing Illumination of Terminal Illness," 26 July 2017 Being a greedy and ungenerous person will hurt not just your soul, but your music, too. Rob Tannenbaum, The Cut, "Joe Scarborough’s Debut Album Is All About Drugs, Decadence, and Bad Girls," 23 June 2017

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First Known Use of ungenerous

1641, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ungenerous was in 1641

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