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

  • adj. Lacking social grace or graciousness; rude.
  • adj. Not welcome or acceptable; unattractive.
  • adj. Archaic Evil; wicked.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not gracious; unkind or cold-hearted

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not gracious; showing no grace or kindness; being without good will; unfeeling.
  • adj. Having no grace; graceless; wicked.
  • adj. Not well received; offensive; unpleasing; unacceptable; not favored.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Rude; unmannerly; odious; hateful; brutal.
  • Offensive; disagreeable; unpleasing; unacceptable.
  • Showing no grace; impious; wicked.

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

  • adj. lacking social graces
  • adj. lacking charm and good taste


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  • He rode out the Quemado Road one matchless December day when the very air would have seemed sufficient to produce flowers without calling the ungracious desert into service.

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