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inelegance

[in-el-i-guh ns] /ɪnˈɛl ɪ gəns/
noun
1.
the quality or state of being inelegant; lack of elegance.
2.
something that is inelegant or ungraceful.
Origin of inelegance
1720-1730
First recorded in 1720-30; ineleg(ant) + -ance
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  • Charlie seemed rather pleased than otherwise at my inelegance.

  • Yet Aunt Maude's plumpness was not the plumpness of inelegance.

    Mistress Anne Temple Bailey
  • The last four lines unite incorrectness, tameness, and inelegance with remarkable and fatal facility.

  • The inelegance of the appellation perhaps explains why the bird has been permitted to retain it for quite a long while unchanged.

  • Therefore in the machine two cane stilts were indispensable, although their inelegance greatly disturbed the inventor.

    The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci

    Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky
  • The expression "equal legs" is now being discarded on the score of inelegance.

    The Teaching of Geometry David Eugene Smith
  • inelegance, in-el′e-gans, n. want of elegance: want of beauty or polish—also Inel′egancy.

  • And as long as meanings are clear, good Logic is compatible with false concords and inelegance of style.

    Logic Carveth Read
  • Pray excuse the inelegance of this scrawl, and believe me yours in haste, William D. Pitman.'

    The Wrong Box Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne
  • Maurice was struck for a moment, but soon saw that the remark was innocent of any inelegance of speech.

    The Puppet Crown Harold MacGrath

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