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Origin of graceless

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at grace, -less
Related formsgrace·less·ly, adverbgrace·less·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of graceless

  • We all know LeBron is loathed for the graceless way in which he left the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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    July 6, 2011

Historical Examples of graceless

British Dictionary definitions for graceless


  1. lacking any sense of right and wrong; depraved
  2. lacking grace or excellence
Derived Formsgracelessly, adverbgracelessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for graceless

late 14c., "not in a state of grace," from grace (n.) + -less. Meaning "wanting charm or elegance" is from 1630s. Related: Gracelessly; gracelessness.

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