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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Definitions for gaucherie

  1. lack of social grace, sensitivity, or acuteness; awkwardness; crudeness; tactlessness.
  2. an act, movement, etc., that is socially graceless, awkward, or tactless.

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Citations for gaucherie
... talking of his brother, and lamenting the extreme gaucherie which he really believed kept him from mixing in proper society, he candidly and generously attributed it much less to any natural deficiency, than to the misfortune of a private education ... Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility, 1811
... it was only a certain gaucherie, a gawkiness on Anna's part that irritated her against the girl. Certain forms of clumsiness, grossness, made the mother's eyes glow with curious rage. D. H. Lawrence, The Rainbow, 1915
Origin of gaucherie
1790-1800
Gaucherie is formed on the basis of the French loanword gauche. It entered English in the late 1700s.