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[uhn-grey-shuh s] /ʌnˈgreɪ ʃəs/
discourteous; ill-mannered:
ungracious behavior.
unpleasant; disagreeable; unrewarding:
an ungracious task.
ungraceful; unpleasing.
Origin of ungracious
Middle English word dating back to 1175-1225; See origin at un-1, gracious
Related forms
ungraciously, adverb
ungraciousness, noun Unabridged
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  • The first would lead me far into social theorizing; the second into some ungracious criticism.

    From the Oak to the Olive Julia Ward Howe
  • He got into his dress clothes in rather an ungracious humor.

    Stanford Stories Charles K. Field
  • I shall be glad to see you,' she corrected herself, thinking she had been inhospitable and ungracious.

    Armorel of Lyonesse Walter Besant
  • ungracious as the speech may seem, it cannot be wondered at.

    St. Winifred's Frederic W. Farrar
  • It made you grasping often: at times not a little unscrupulous: ungracious always.

  • Indeed, had he not done so, he must have been the most ungracious of cousins.

  • To himself, personally, except in regard to his wife, his brother had not been ungracious.

    Is He Popenjoy? Anthony Trollope
  • To some she must always remain too ungracious, too savage, too uncompromising.

    Suspended Judgments John Cowper Powys
British Dictionary definitions for ungracious


not characterized by or showing kindness and courtesy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for ungracious

early 13c., from un- (1) "not" + gracious. Related: Ungraciously.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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