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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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  • Trussed like fowls, the prisoners were taken to the oyster boats on the river, and thrown in unceremoniously.

    Peggy Owen and Liberty Lucy Foster Madison
  • I exclaimed, as I dragged him unceremoniously away to a dark corner.

    The Log of a Privateersman Harry Collingwood
  • A soldier seized her unceremoniously and forced her to pass under the emblem.

    A Daughter of the Union Lucy Foster Madison
  • Never in all her life had she been treated so unceremoniously.

    Agatha's Husband Dinah Maria Craik (AKA: Dinah Maria Mulock)
  • The warders halted him unceremoniously as Dangloss rode forward.

    Truxton King George Barr McCutcheon
British Dictionary definitions for unceremoniously


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



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

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