from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Want of comeliness; want of beauty or grace: as, uncomeliness of person, of dress, or behavior.
  • noun Unbecomingness; unseemliness; indecency.

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  • noun The state or condition of being uncomely; unattractiveness.


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From uncomely +‎ -ness.


  • All the make-up that she slathers upon the old, dried-up race track of her face is not enough to erase what is ultimately an essential uncomeliness.

    Khanh Ho: Words of Advice to Young People: The Case of Stephanie Grace

  • Indeed, he chose me as his messenger to thee, because of my uncomeliness and loathsomeness in his jealous love of thee; else hath he Mamelukes and negro slaves, pages, eunuchs and attendants out of number, each goodlier than other.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • I did not notice this peculiar uncomeliness until she was dying, and I felt then more than ever that she was not to be judged in accordance with our standard of beauty — though she had many of our little weaknesses.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • Nay, further, as Xenophon observed truly, that all other affections, though they raise the mind, yet they do it by distorting and uncomeliness of ecstasies or excesses; but only love doth exalt the mind, and nevertheless at the same instant doth settle and compose it: so in all other excellences, though they advance nature, yet they are subject to excess.

    The Advancement of Learning

  • Alas, thy uncomeliness of form which has appeared to me beyond conception!

    The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I.

  • It is so frightful to be in an atmosphere of family idiosyncrasies; to see all the hereditary uncomeliness or infirmity of body, all the defects of speech, all the failings of temper, intensified by concentration, so that every fault of our own finds itself multiplied by reflections, like our images in a saloon lined with mirrors!

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 05, No. 32, June, 1860

  • As far as the inhabitants of "Wallater's" were concerned, they clattered over the cement flooring of the vestibule in the mornings, on their way to work, without pausing to cast an eye of criticism upon its general aspect of uncomeliness, and dragged tired feet across it in an evening with no other thought but that of how many weary steps there were to climb before the room which served as "home" should be attained.

    The Hermit of Far End

  • Such like uncomeliness of mendicancy does not pertain to sin, but it may pertain to humility, as stated above.

    Summa Theologica, Part II-II (Secunda Secundae) Translated by Fathers of the English Dominican Province

  • She had been very ugly all that evening since she came down to dinner, and now the shining glass in front of her face was acting in its uncomeliness like a magnifying lens.

    The Judge

  • It made him shudder when he thought of her uncomeliness, the bedraggled hair and the dirty hands, the brown dress she always wore, stained and ragged at the hem: he supposed she was hard up, they were all hard up, but she might at least be clean; and it was surely possible with a needle and thread to make her skirt tidy.

    Of Human Bondage


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