• WordNet 3.6
    • n gracelessness the inelegance of someone stiff and unrelaxed (as by embarrassment)
    • n gracelessness an unpleasant lack of grace in carriage or form or movement or expression
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gracelessness The condition or quality of being graceless.
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  • 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
    “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.”


In literature:

For modes of faith let graceless zealots fight; His can't be wrong whose life is in the right.
"Familiar Quotations" by Various
It is a graceless thing to do, yet .
"Beatrix of Clare" by John Reed Scott
His affection for his graceless nephew Karl is a touching picture.
"The Great German Composers" by George T. Ferris
It is an incontinence of brilliance, graceless and aggressive, a glaring swagger.
"Certain Personal Matters" by H. G. Wells
And, upon honor, I believe he is the most graceless.
"The Bay State Monthly, Volume 3, No. 6" by Various
Sent off on a graceless errand for nothing, perhaps.
"In the Yule-Log Glow, Book I" by Various
But, graceless as he is, he should not have denied his own mother.
"Rattlin the Reefer" by Edward Howard
But, as a general rule, there is little that is serious in these frequently graceless but generally amusing compositions.
"The Flourishing of Romance and the Rise of Allegory" by George Saintsbury
I have asked grace at a graceless face, But there is nane for my men and me.
"Andrew Melville" by William Morison
That graceless brother of yours who has gone away with his five thousand now will be back in a year's time to borrow.
"The Romance Of Giovanni Calvotti" by David Christie Murray

In poetry:

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
Good friend, unsay that graceless word!
I am a mother crowned with joy,
And yet I feel a bosom pang
To pass the little starveling boy.
"Limitations Of Benevolence" by Julia Ward Howe
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 seik het water beneth cauld yce,
Surely it is a great folie;
I half asked grace at a graceless face,
But there is nane for my men and me.
"Johnny Armstrong (original)" by Anonymous British
How the graceless-graceful stride of the elephant was eyed,
And the capers of the little horse that cantered at his side!
How the shambling camels, tame to the plaudits of their fame,
With listless eyes came silent, masticating as they came.
"The Circus-Day Parade" by James Whitcomb Riley

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.