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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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Examples from the web for unceremonious
  • They bore no ill-will whatever to the persons upon whom they operated in this unceremonious fashion.
  • His unceremonious fall may deter anyone else from mounting the pulpit any time soon.
  • It is usually unceremonious and for people who believe in the afterlife there is no chance to say last prayers.
  • Trucks with tires as tall as an elephant slop through the stinking, oil-fouled mud, dumping new loads with an unceremonious crash.
  • But this season, the goodbyes have been more unceremonious.
  • Naturally, they are annoyed by this unceremonious flight and several stiff notes are exchanged between the two monarchs.
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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