un·​gra·​cious | \ ˌən-ˈgrā-shəs How to pronounce ungracious (audio) \

Definition of ungracious

1 archaic : wicked
2 : not courteous : rude ungracious treatment
3 : not pleasing : disagreeable an ungracious task

Other Words from ungracious

ungraciously adverb
ungraciousness noun

Examples of ungracious in a Sentence

There's no need to be ungracious about it. we were taken aback by our aunt's ungracious reply to the invitation we had sent her
Recent Examples on the Web Schoenberg’s Suite, Op. 25, an example of his early supposedly ungracious 12-tone style, is just the thing to keep traditional audiences away. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2022 Asking for gas money for a party that your daughter was attending seems to Miss Manners a bit miserly and ungracious. Washington Post, 28 June 2021 To bring up other human needs, of emotional or intellectual fulfilment beyond a roof to sleep under, is to be ungracious in the eyes of the media and the privileged public. Guy Lodge, Variety, 28 Aug. 2021 None of this erases the everyday problem of unheld doors, forgotten thank yous, and ungracious birthday party guests. BostonGlobe.com, 23 Oct. 2019 But there remains a somewhat ungracious tenor to this administration that could be excised, sloughed like something outgrown, with no loss of counter-fire. Conrad Black, National Review, 11 Sep. 2019 Otherwise, Miss Manners agrees that alerting them to an event that will cause only annoyance is ungracious. Judith Martin, Washington Post, 6 Sep. 2019 Otherwise, Miss Manners agrees that alerting them to an event that will only cause annoyance is ungracious. Judith Martin, The Mercury News, 6 Sep. 2019 The move to extract one of the world’s most high-profile fugitives came about relatively quickly after years of what officials portrayed as obnoxious and ungracious behavior by their houseguest. Joshua Goodman, The Seattle Times, 16 Apr. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of ungracious

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Ungracious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ungracious. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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un·​gra·​cious | \ ˌən-ˈgrā-shəs How to pronounce ungracious (audio) \

Kids Definition of ungracious

: not kind or polite


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