• WordNet 3.6
    • n inelegance the quality of lacking refinement and good taste
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Inelegance Anything inelegant; as, inelegance of style in literary composition.
    • Inelegance The quality of being inelegant; lack of elegance or grace; lack of refinement, beauty, or polish in language, composition, or manners. "The notorious inelegance of her figure."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n inelegance The state or character of being inelegant; want of elegance or refinement; lack of any quality required by good taste.
    • n inelegance That which is inelegant or ungraceful: as, inelegances of style.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Inelegance in-el′e-gans want of elegance: want of beauty or polish—also Inel′egancy
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  • Jane Austen
    “What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. inelegantia,: cf. F. inélégance,


In literature:

To these had been added here and there pieces of many different styles and shades of modern inelegance.
"One Woman's Life" by Robert Herrick
And by gum," he said forcibly if inelegantly, "on my squad they stay!
"Rosemary" by Josephine Lawrence
Can you wonder that he loses his temper, sometimes inelegantly?
"Brother Copas" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Cornelia had tossed her hat on the ground and clasped her hands round her knees in comfortable, inelegant position.
"Flaming June" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
He censures Leo Allatius for a title which appears to me not inelegantly conceived.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
I know that sounds very inelegant, but it expresses my idea perfectly.
"Prudence Says So" by Ethel Hueston
It is one of the most inelegant of the genus, being of a dull grey colour, and not particularly graceful in its form.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Yet the girl and dog made rather a pretty picture, despite the inelegance of Vixen's attitude.
"Vixen, Volume I." by M. E. Braddon
Why, then, should man dislike it that his anatomy without flesh is inelegant?
"Gilbert Keith Chesterton" by Patrick Braybrooke
It was a most inelegant attitude, and peculiarly exasperating to Mrs. Caldwell.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
The Billy of her could also be humanly inelegant when she felt like it, as you see.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
It will be inelegant, but it will be orderly and clean.
"Home Life in Germany" by Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
I've never tried to pull a sour mug, as Dinky-Dunk once inelegantly expressed it.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
We wriggle across the floor inelegantly and squat opposite to her.
"Round the Wonderful World" by G. E. Mitton
It is an inelegant word; it is an inelegant feeling.
"Whispering Smith" by Frank H. Spearman
A great, lumbering, inelegant fellow!
"Hope Mills" by Amanda M. Douglas
The other word is inelegant, and nearly obsolete.
"Five Hundred Mistakes of Daily Occurrence in Speaking, Pronouncing, and Writing the English Language, Corrected" by Anonymous
Irregular, incongruous, and inelegant, it yet, by its very size and extent, possessed a certain air of grandeur.
"Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2) A Man Of Our Day" by Charles James Lever
This, even when it does not produce confusion, is always inelegant.
"The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, Volume IV (of 8)" by William Wordsworth
One has almost a difficulty in naming an inelegant bird.
"The Romance of Natural History, Second Series" by Philip Henry Gosse

In news:

The Perks of Being a Wallflower:an elegant film about inelegance of young adulthood.
"Mad Men" 5x12: An inelegant exit.
Mitt Romney's 47 percent comment was inelegant and revealing.
Real estate interests have a habit of rechristening neighborhoods into inelegant abbreviations that drive copy editors crazy: NoHo, NoLIta, ProCro.
Holding on to a rare first-half lead, the Jets staggered to an inelegant 16-10 victory over the Seahawks today.
When he learned that his mother, who had hemorrhoids, was using a bulky stepstool to help her squat , he thought the concept intriguing but the execution inelegant.
Maybe it's because my 17-year old son is about to take the SAT, but that (admittedly inelegant) analogy popped into my head during a meeting of the Oregon Cluster Network this week.
They lack articulation of shape or surface that might mitigate their aesthetic inelegance and massiveness.
During the 2012 presidential campaign, it became obvious that Mitt Romney had a penchant for delivering "inelegant" phrases, as he would come to call them.
The Lakers last season were often, put mildly, an inelegant group offensively.
When I hear "solar power" or "photovoltaics," I think of shiny black panels on buildings, very noticeable and rather inelegant.
After linking it to your Zotero account (via generating an API key – a largely painless, if slightly inelegant procedure), you just click " Scan New Item" and point the Barcode Reader at the barcode of the thing you wish to catalog.
Also known as ghetto- tech or ghetto-funk, it's a derriere-centric Detroit invention that combines house, techno, bass, hip hop and electro with glorious strip club inelegance.

In science:

Whilst this is in full accord with general Lie-algebraic principles6, considering eigenstates of f0 leads to a certain inelegance in the formalism.
The Extended Algebra of the Minimal Models
The second alternative is somewhat inelegant due to the proliferation of instances for rules like jy→ y.
Symbolic Analysis for Boundary Problems: From Rewriting to Parametrized Gr\"obner Bases
Brachiosaurus” brancai now has to be known by so inelegant a name as Giraf fatitan.
Aspects of the history, anatomy, taxonomy and palaeobiology of sauropod dinosaurs
Although this algorithm might appear inefficient and is certainly inelegant, it has proved to find an average of 80% of test cases from satisfiable test specifications .
Applying SMT Solvers to the Test Template Framework
Since there are no explicit mass terms in string theory this inelegant possibility is not even present.
String GUTs
This is manifestly inelegant, especially for minimisation procedures as the value goes through zero.
Asymmetric Systematic Errors
This form did fairly well with many of the tests, but the extraction of the function parameters from σ− and σ+ is inelegantly numerical.
Asymmetric Statistical Errors
The straight forward but somewhat inelegant conventional method using matrices or the approach using Clifford algebras, the greater details of which were presented in Hiley and Callaghan .
Weak Values: Approach through the Clifford and Moyal Algebras