ungentle

adjective
un·​gen·​tle | \ ˌən-ˈjen-tᵊl How to pronounce ungentle (audio) \

Definition of ungentle

: not gentle : lacking in softness, delicacy, etc. : harsh, rough an ungentle touch … with the two gentlemen pursuing their ungentle quarrel in magazines, television studios, and courtrooms …— Hendrik Hertzberg

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Other Words from ungentle

ungently \ ˌən-​ˈjent-​lē How to pronounce ungently (audio) \ adverb
… taking him, not ungently, by the loose front of his red woollen shirt … — Charles Dickens ungently told her no

Examples of ungentle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But going back to trying to be gentle in ungentle times. Stephanie Stradley, Houston Chronicle, "Stephanie Stradley’s Texans-Steelers Q&A with Ryan Wilson," 25 Sep. 2020 Notes From an Apocalypse is a gentle argument for coming to terms with the precarity of life, published in a moment where people are facing its fragility in an immediate and ungentle context. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "Notes From an Apocalypse," 16 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of ungentle

1509, in the meaning defined above

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1 Oct 2020

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“Ungentle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ungentle. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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