Definition of ungracious in English:


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  • 1Not polite or friendly.

    ‘after Anna's kindness I wouldn't want to seem ungracious’
    • ‘Holden has little need for Spencer's lecture, but he doesn't want to hurt his teacher's feelings by being short or ungracious.’
    • ‘But my friends wanted sympathy, and it seemed ungracious of me not to empathize.’
    • ‘In this fairly ungracious position (the view up my shorts for the bloke on the exercise bike opposite can't have been too nice) I started to do sit-ups.’
    • ‘You've got to downplay the compliment but you can't reject it because that seems ungracious.’
    • ‘We are so relaxed, cheerful and sated after our meals that such a complaint would be ungracious.’
    • ‘He turned on chief executives with alarming regularity and would often speak for just a few minutes before heading for the door, leaving embarrassed party officials to try to explain away his ungracious behaviour.’
    • ‘Given these circumstances, Lorenzo's rhyming reproach to his Yankee public, if ungracious, is surely understandable.’
    • ‘Had you not been so ungracious when you were rightly called on the carpet for your plagiarism, perhaps you would have gotten a more gracious acceptance of your current admission that you wrong.’
    • ‘It may seem ungracious to describe Galway's loss to Mayo in the Connacht under-21 football semi-final in Castlebar last Wednesday as a flop.’
    • ‘It would be ungracious of me to hope that bad things happen to you in return, so I'll merely take solace in my knowledge that you have to go through life having a personality like that.’
    • ‘Remember that his ungracious words about Irish rugby did not begin last week, they actually started in the summer when he outlined a series of reasons why South Africa could not lose to the likes of Ireland.’
    • ‘Part of that triumphalism is the ungracious winner's desire to put his shoe on remaining critics, to silence small voices so they hear nothing but praise in their victory march.’
    • ‘Except that, at the risk of sounding ungracious, I find it hard to believe my entire neighbourhood can be attacking this recycling business with the same degree of religious fervour.’
    • ‘But there it is, so please don't force me to be ungracious to you by trying to insist that you're different and that an exception should be made for you.’
    • ‘With senior board members receiving massive pay hikes for 2003, it was rather ungracious of management to expect the workers to go without a pay rise.’
    • ‘It would be stupid, which is far worse than ungracious, not to acknowledge that the prime minister has just completed the two most impressive weeks of his political career.’
    • ‘But really, they've been so ungracious about the whole thing!’
    • ‘Perhaps you're feeling upset because of personal problems which have led you to behave in an ungracious manner?’
    • ‘They were unlucky, but that doesn't excuse the ungracious manner of their exit.’
    • ‘Perhaps someone could offer a reasonable explanation - not just a lame excuse - for this apparent cold, ungracious, disrespectful conduct and lapse in basic good manners?’
    rude, impolite, uncivil, discourteous, ill-mannered, bad-mannered, unmannerly, uncouth, disrespectful, ungallant, insolent, impertinent, impudent, churlish, boorish, gauche, cavalier, offhand, unladylike, ungentlemanly, blunt, gruff, curt, terse, sharp, short, surly, unfriendly, hostile, unkind, inconsiderate, insensitive
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  • 2Not graceful or elegant.

    • ‘ungracious living was evinced by doorbells, seven in an eight-roomed house’



/ˌənˈɡrāSHəs/ /ˌənˈɡreɪʃəs/