[uhn-ser-uh-moh-nee-uh s]
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  1. discourteously abrupt; hasty; rude: He made an unceremonious departure in the middle of my speech.
  2. without ceremony or formalities; informal.

Origin of unceremonious

First recorded in 1590–1600; un-1 + ceremonious
Related formsun·cer·e·mo·ni·ous·ly, adverbun·cer·e·mo·ni·ous·ness, noun
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Related Words for unceremonious

abrupt, bluff, blunt, brief, casual, curt, familiar, hasty, inelegant, short, unconstrained

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  1. without ceremony; informal, abrupt, rude, or undignified
Derived Formsunceremoniously, adverbunceremoniousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unceremonious

1580s, from un- (1) "not" + ceremonious. Related: Unceremoniously.

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