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[uhn-ser-uh-moh-nee-uh s] /ˌʌn sɛr əˈmoʊ ni əs/
discourteously abrupt; hasty; rude:
He made an unceremonious departure in the middle of my speech.
without ceremony or formalities; informal.
Origin of unceremonious
1590-1600; un-1 + ceremonious
Related forms
unceremoniously, adverb
unceremoniousness, noun Unabridged
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  • Kennedy had to fire his rifle several times at these unceremonious visitors, but the night passed without any untoward occurrence.

  • And to what mishap do you attribute Mademoiselle's so unceremonious departure?

    The Inn at the Red Oak Latta Griswold
  • "I am afraid this is an unceremonious way to call upon Your Eminence," the Governor began.

    The Gadfly E. L. Voynich
  • Mrs. Madden was indignant at this unceremonious manner of arranging matters.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • I was greatly confused by these sudden and unceremonious intimations.

    Jane Talbot Charles Brockden Brown
  • The exclamation was caused by the unceremonious suddenness of Mr. Bangs' exit.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • No serious injury was sustained, though alarm and confusion enough were excited by such an unceremonious turn-out.

British Dictionary definitions for unceremonious


without ceremony; informal, abrupt, rude, or undignified
Derived Forms
unceremoniously, adverb
unceremoniousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unceremonious

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

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