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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
Middle English word dating back to 1175-1225; See origin at un-1, gracious
Related forms
ungraciously, adverb
ungraciousness, noun
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  • This was the ungracious manner in which the sister took note of his lingering.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • Whenever she was ill, Lady Coryston's ways were solitary and ungracious.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • I made no answer to this ungracious speech, but Alma was all excitement.

  • In what have I so far offended you that you are so ungracious to me this evening, Iris?

    Pretty Madcap Dorothy Laura Jean Libbey
  • I am sorry to have detained your Lordship with so ungracious a theme.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2) Charles James Lever
  • And with this ungracious speech the conversation closed, and they walked on in silence.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • He hated, besides, to do an ungracious thing anywhere, or to any one.

    The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Charles James Lever
  • To himself, personally, except in regard to his wife, his brother had not been ungracious.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope
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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