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[greys-lis] /ˈgreɪs lɪs/
lacking grace, pleasing elegance, or charm.
without any sense of right or propriety.
Origin of graceless
1325-75; Middle English; see grace, -less
Related forms
gracelessly, adverb
gracelessness, noun Unabridged
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  • She socialized with anyone who was appropriate but shunned anyone who was rude, graceless, violent.
  • If you're new to the sport, you'll wonder how automakers expect refined adults to go through such graceless muscling.
  • We reject the past and the future, and this repudiation is manifest in our graceless constructions.
  • His famous legacy suddenly seems altered by the reflected light of this gloomy, twilit, graceless day.
  • The pity is that a sound inspiration found so poor and graceless an expression.
  • Sharp watched this graceless bedside with indomitable patience.
  • In such a discussion it is inevitable that one gets mixed up with dry, graceless, technical matters.
  • The same graceless sarcasm, the same impersonal and self-righteous hatred, is directed against the three of us.
  • They were all so graceless or so full of grace, that they could not be prevailed on to pray.
  • The intensity of her recall provides the book with its graceless but sincere sentiment and style.
British Dictionary definitions for graceless


lacking any sense of right and wrong; depraved
lacking grace or excellence
Derived Forms
gracelessly, adverb
gracelessness, 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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