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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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  • She went in unceremoniously; it was one of her favorite visiting-places.

    Gloria and Treeless Street Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • It was Mr. Bloomer who had re-entered the room and was received so unceremoniously.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • While he was still urging them, Crispin unceremoniously seized his bridle.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • If this now were she, the partner he had so unceremoniously summoned to his side.

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
  • How he wondered what the man wanted, and how unceremoniously he got rid of him.

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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