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  • n. Discourteousness, lack of proper breeding; unchivalrousness.
  • n. Harshness, roughness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Want of gentleness; harshness; severity; rudeness.
  • n. Want of politeness; incivility.


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From un- +‎ gentleness.


  • Be all ungentleness and harm excluded from the temples of the Household Gods, but be those remembrances admitted with tender encouragement!

    What Christmas is as we grow older, by Charles Dickens

  • And yet from the beginning of our existence down to a time within the memory of babes England has distressed herself piteously over the ungentleness of our Connecticut Blue Laws.

    Mark Twain: A Biography

  • Sir, said Sir Lamorak, now I understand your knighthood, it may not be false that all men say, for of your bounty, noblesse, and worship, of all knights ye are peerless, and for your courtesy and gentleness I showed you ungentleness, and that now me repenteth.

    Le Morte d'Arthur: Sir Thomas Malory's book of King Arthur and of his noble knights of the Round table

  • Ye have been named wrong, for ye have long been called a gentle knight, and as this day ye have showed me great ungentleness, for ye had almost brought me unto my death.

    Le Morte d'Arthur: Sir Thomas Malory's book of King Arthur and of his noble knights of the Round table

  • From being merely awkward, he at last became uncouth; but from the natural goodness of his heart, the nearest to him soon lost sight of his ungentleness from the rectitude of his intentions, and, to parody the poet, saw his deportment in his feelings.

    Court Memoirs of France Series — Complete

  • And Queen Guenevere held a court of her ladies to pass sentence on Sir Gawain for his ungentleness.

    Stories from Le Morte D'Arthur and the Mabinogion

  • If I were quiet at the moment, I was conniving at their disorderly conduct; if, (as was frequently the case,) I happened to be exalting my voice to enforce order, I was using undue violence, and setting the girls a bad example by such ungentleness of tone and language.

    Agnes Grey

  • And stranger than all was that, now that he did see that she was lost in love of him, there came to him, not sorrow and humility and abasement, but something else that he struggled in vain against -- something entirely strange and new, that, had he analysed it, he would have found to be petulance and irritation and resentment and ungentleness.


  • There was no fierceness or defiance in his look, no harsh ungentleness, no symptom of his unlawful life or violent temper; but rather a peaceful and peaceable fearlessness.

    Southern Prose and Poetry for Schools

  • Partly anxious to inform himself more thoroughly regarding Hurlstone's antecedents before entering upon legislative functions that might concern him, partly uneasy at Brace's allusion to any possible ungentleness in the treatment of the fair Americanas, and partly apprehensive that Mrs. Brimmer might seek him at the Mission in the present emergency, the good Father turned his steps towards the

    The Crusade of the Excelsior


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