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

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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 None of this erases the everyday problem of unheld doors, forgotten thank yous, and ungracious birthday party guests. BostonGlobe.com, "Parents give and give, and their kids just get ruder and more entitled.”," 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, "Trump’s Only Real Weakness Is His Style," 11 Sep. 2019 Otherwise, Miss Manners agrees that alerting them to an event that will cause only annoyance is ungracious. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Tricky to avoid tipping salon owner," 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, "Miss Manners: ‘Hey, neighbor, just ignore the noise from our house’," 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, "After 7 long years, Assange’s capture happened quickly," 16 Apr. 2019 However, your response to the young man was ungracious. Abigail Van Buren, Houston Chronicle, "Fake flower prompts emotional reaction from offended widow," 6 June 2018 Her comments were as ungracious and uncoordinated as, well, Hillary's footwork at this ancient Indian palace. Fox News, "GOP chair says they will sue Chicago public schools for supporting political student walkout," 15 Mar. 2018 Others pointed out that her ungracious loss was likely a spoof of Crawford's infamous 1963 Oscar loss. Rebecca Rubin, chicagotribune.com, "Jackie Hoffman jokingly screams, slams Laura Dern after Emmy loss," 18 Sep. 2017

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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 28 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ungracious

formal : not polite or respectful : not gracious


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

Kids Definition of ungracious

: not kind or polite

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