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[uhn-ser-uh-moh-nee-uh s] /ˌʌn sɛr əˈmoʊ ni əs/
discourteously abrupt; hasty; rude:
He made an unceremonious departure in the middle of my speech.
without ceremony or formalities; informal.
Origin of unceremonious
First recorded in 1590-1600; un-1 + ceremonious
Related forms
unceremoniously, adverb
unceremoniousness, noun Unabridged
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  • However, he at once apologised for his unceremonious intrusion.

  • And to what mishap do you attribute Mademoiselle's so unceremonious departure?

    The Inn at the Red Oak Latta Griswold
  • Mrs. Madden was indignant at this unceremonious manner of arranging matters.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • The exclamation was caused by the unceremonious suddenness of Mr. Bangs' exit.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • On the contrary, he had cut their acquaintance in the most unceremonious manner.

    The Giraffe Hunters Mayne Reid
  • I was in command—in my first command; and so unceremonious a visit was peculiarly annoying.

    Captain Canot Brantz Mayer
  • “I regret to have to come in this unceremonious way, sir,” said the lieutenant.

    Cutlass and Cudgel George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for unceremonious


without ceremony; informal, abrupt, rude, or undignified
Derived Forms
unceremoniously, adverb
unceremoniousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unceremonious

1580s, from un- (1) "not" + ceremonious. Related: Unceremoniously.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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