graceless

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj graceless lacking social polish "too gauche to leave the room when the conversation became intimate","their excellent manners always made me feel gauche"
    • adj graceless lacking grace; clumsy "a graceless production of the play","his stature low...his bearing ungraceful"- Sir Walter Scott"
    • adj graceless lacking graciousness "a totally graceless hostess"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Graceless Unfortunate. Cf. Grace n., 4.
    • Graceless Wanting in grace or excellence; departed from, or deprived of, divine grace; hence, depraved; corrupt. "In a graceless age."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • graceless Without grace. Wanting in propriety or elegance.
    • graceless Ungracious; ill-mannered; uncivil.
    • graceless Out of grace or favor.
    • graceless Without mercy; pitiless.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Graceless wanting grace or excellence: depraved: wicked
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Quotations

  • Patrick Campbell
    Patrick Campbell
    “There can be a fundamental gulf of gracelessness in a human heart which neither our love nor our courage can bridge.”
  • Jonathan Swift
    Jonathan%20Swift
    “O Grub Street! how do I bemoan thee, whose graceless children scorn to own thee! . Yet thou hast greater cause to be ashamed of them, than they of thee.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. gratia, favour—gratus, agreeable; Gr. charis, grace.

Usage

In literature:

So, brethren, a graceless elder is a curse instead of a blessing.
"Gathering Jewels" by James Knowles and Matilda Darroch Knowles
With a graceless concession she opened the door.
"The Roof Tree" by Charles Neville Buck
Ignorant of his boy's graceless existence, he fumed at the first fine thing in the boy's life.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
And I was so graceless to admit love for you!
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
Her graceless carriage was not improved by the difficulty of keeping step with her escort and the added task of keeping step with the music.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
Those will be mine, precisely, when I talk to my graceless nephew.
"Nobody" by Louis Joseph Vance
Then, later, he again sought the graceless Tito.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Went glimmering the graceless, blasphemous sea-renegade of Martin's fancy.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
But the graceless Henrietta stuck her tongue out and stole into the passage, whence she hoped to reach the workroom unobserved.
"Skipper Worse" by Alexander Lange Kielland
He stormed and raged and wondered aloud what he had done that he should be saddled with such a graceless nephew.
"The Rushton Boys at Rally Hall" by Spencer Davenport
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In poetry:

Then bitter self-reproaches as I stood
I dealt me silently
As one perverse—misrepresenting Good
In graceless mutiny.
"A Meeting With Despair" by Thomas Hardy
Of timely aid to weary groans;
Of joy restor'd to broken bones;
Of grace divine to graceless preys,
And glory to the vile and base:
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine
"Would the old folk know their children?
Would they own the graceless town,
With never a ranter to worry
And never a witch to drown?"
"Cobbler Keezar's Vision" by John Greenleaf Whittier
You will not look for beauty here
In this form, graceless and uncouth;
And yet the mountain of her flesh
Covers the frame-work of her youth.
"Of A Stout Lady" by Edith Mirick
"To seek het water beneath cauld ice,
Surely it is a great follie:
I have ask'd grace at a graceless face,
But there is nane for my men and me.
"Johnnie Armstrang" by Andrew Lang
With touches coaxing, delicate,
And arts that never tire,
They tie the rose-trees each to each,
The lilac to the brier,
Making for graceless things a grace,
With steady, sweet desire.
"Bind-Weed" by Susan Coolidge

In news:

Liberal Republican Scozzafava exits gracelessly.
Salinger's Holden Caulfield, Aging Gracelessly .
Gracelessness and generosity at war.
Another graceless bow-out by Trump: Won't moderate debate.
As you consume your fair share of that graceless, gobbling, feathered friend, give a nod of thanks that Ben Franklin's proposal to select the turkey as our national bird was defeated.
In the old days it was considered graceless to name government projects for the boss.
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