[uhn-jen-er-uh s]


stingy; niggardly; miserly: an ungenerous portion; an ungenerous employer.
uncharitable; petty: an ungenerous critic; an ungenerous impulse.

Origin of ungenerous

First recorded in 1635–45; un-1 + generous
Related formsun·gen·er·os·i·ty [uhn-jen-uh-ros-i-tee] /ˌʌn dʒɛn əˈrɒs ɪ ti/, nounun·gen·er·ous·ly, adverb
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Contemporary Examples of ungenerous

  • I am referring here to establishment Republicans, which for 150 years have consistently been the party of the rich and ungenerous.

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    Dear Evangelicals: You’re Being Had

    Jay Michaelson

    November 30, 2014

  • Dickens showed the land to be “a troubled republic: ambitious, cruel, ungenerous, brutal, and divided.”

  • It's an ungenerous view, and one that Under the Sun goes a long way to undermine.

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    The Enigmatic Nomad

    Kirk Davis Swinehart

    February 26, 2011

  • To be wealthy, married, unfaithful, and ungenerous is to insult a woman's basic intelligence, as well as her pride.

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    How Not to Manage a Harem

    Tracy Quan

    December 8, 2009

  • Some of my relatives felt I was ungenerous, and some simply wondered, Whose side are you on?

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    The Last of the Wasps

    Tad Friend

    September 27, 2009

Historical Examples of ungenerous

  • The shifty, ungenerous spirit of compromise awoke in Raymount.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • He is not so ungenerous a man as you think him: nor has he an unfeeling heart.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • It cannot, cannot be, that I should have cause to apprehend him to be so ungenerous, so bad a man.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Do you think me so ungenerous as to seek a place in your esteem without his consent?

    The Contrast

    Royall Tyler

  • Not a single unkind or ungenerous thought is to be found in any book of hers.

    The Last Voyage

    Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey

British Dictionary definitions for ungenerous



not willing and liberal in giving away one's money, time, etc
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