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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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


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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