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[uhn-grey-shuh s] /ʌnˈgreɪ ʃəs/
discourteous; ill-mannered:
ungracious behavior.
unpleasant; disagreeable; unrewarding:
an ungracious task.
ungraceful; unpleasing.
Origin of ungracious
1175-1225; Middle English; see un-1, gracious
Related forms
ungraciously, adverb
ungraciousness, noun Unabridged
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  • The first would lead me far into social theorizing; the second into some ungracious criticism.

    From the Oak to the Olive Julia Ward Howe
  • This was the ungracious manner in which the sister took note of his lingering.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • I shall be glad to see you,' she corrected herself, thinking she had been inhospitable and ungracious.

    Armorel of Lyonesse Walter Besant
  • I made no answer to this ungracious speech, but Alma was all excitement.

  • It made you grasping often: at times not a little unscrupulous: ungracious always.

  • In what have I so far offended you that you are so ungracious to me this evening, Iris?

    Pretty Madcap Dorothy Laura Jean Libbey
  • To himself, personally, except in regard to his wife, his brother had not been ungracious.

    Is He Popenjoy? Anthony Trollope
  • I am sorry to have detained your Lordship with so ungracious a theme.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2) Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for ungracious


not characterized by or showing kindness and courtesy
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Word Origin and History for ungracious

early 13c., from un- (1) "not" + gracious. Related: Ungraciously.

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