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ungracious

[uhn-grey-shuh s] /ʌnˈgreɪ ʃəs/
adjective
1.
discourteous; ill-mannered:
ungracious behavior.
2.
unpleasant; disagreeable; unrewarding:
an ungracious task.
3.
ungraceful; unpleasing.
Origin of ungracious
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English; see un-1, gracious
Related forms
ungraciously, adverb
ungraciousness, noun
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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

ungracious

/ʌnˈɡreɪʃəs/
adjective
1.
not characterized by or showing kindness and courtesy
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Word Origin and History for ungracious
adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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