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inelegance

[in-el-i-guh ns]
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noun
  1. the quality or state of being inelegant; lack of elegance.
  2. something that is inelegant or ungraceful.
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Origin of inelegance

First recorded in 1720–30; ineleg(ant) + -ance
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words

indecencygoofincorrectnessvulgaritysolecismincongruityblundervulgarismsliprudenessgaffebarbarismindecorumimpudencegaucherieimmodestyineleganceawkwardnessineptitudeclumsiness

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Historical Examples

  • Charlie seemed rather pleased than otherwise at my inelegance.

    The Love Affairs of an Old Maid

    Lilian Bell

  • Yet Aunt Maude's plumpness was not the plumpness of inelegance.

    Mistress Anne

    Temple Bailey

  • The last four lines unite incorrectness, tameness, and inelegance with remarkable and fatal facility.

  • The inelegance of the appellation perhaps explains why the bird has been permitted to retain it for quite a long while unchanged.

  • Therefore in the machine two cane stilts were indispensable, although their inelegance greatly disturbed the inventor.

    The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci

    Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky