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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Lack of refinement or polish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state or quality of being inelegant; lack of grace, refinement, beauty, or polish in language, composition, or manners.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being inelegant; lack of elegance or grace; lack of refinement, beauty, or polish in language, composition, or manners.
  • n. Anything inelegant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being inelegant; want of elegance or refinement; lack of any quality required by good taste.
  • n. That which is inelegant or ungraceful: as, inelegances of style.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of lacking refinement and good taste

Etymologies

Latin inelegantia: compare French inélégance. (Wiktionary)

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