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

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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 The same ungracious tweeting, blogging, and tongue wagging occur whether Hugh Hefner flaunts a woman 60 years his junior or Madonna or J. Lo beds a dancer decades younger. Bob Morris, Town & Country, "Strange Love: Funny Valentines," 9 Feb. 2016 The Eagles were ungracious hosts again, defeating the Giants at home for the sixth time in the teams’ last eight meetings. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "PHILADELPHIA — To a man late Thursday night, the Giants understood the opportunity squandered. In a season of unforeseen accomplishments, the Giants arrived in Philadelphia as one of the hottest teams in the N.F.L. Their opponents Thursday night entered the game having lost five consecutive times.," 23 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of ungracious

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ungracious was in the 13th century

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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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