graceless late 14c., "not in a state of grace," from GRACE (Cf. grace) + -LESS (Cf. -less). Meaning "wanting charm or elegance" is from 1630s. Related: Gracelessly; gracelessness.

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  • Graceless — Grace less, a. 1. Wanting in grace or excellence; departed from, or deprived of, divine grace; hence, depraved; corrupt. In a graceless age. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Unfortunate. Cf. {Grace}, n., 4. [Obs.] Chaucer. {Grace less*ly}, adv. {Grace… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • graceless — index dissolute, immoral, inelegant, pedestrian, unbecoming, uncouth Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • graceless — [adj] clumsy, unsophisticated awkward, barbarian, barbaric, barbarous, boorish, clunky*, coarse, corrupt, crude*, forced, gauche, gawky*, ill mannered, improper, indecorous, inelegant, inept, infelicitous, klutzy*, loutish, oafish, outlandish,… …   New thesaurus

  • graceless — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ lacking grace, elegance, or charm. DERIVATIVES gracelessly adverb gracelessness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • graceless — [grās′lis] adj. 1. lacking any sense of what is right or proper 2. without grace; clumsy or inelegant gracelessly adv. gracelessness n …   English World dictionary

  • graceless — [[t]gre͟ɪsləs[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED Something that is graceless is unattractive and not at all interesting or charming. It was a massive, graceless house. Ant: graceful 2) ADJ GRADED A graceless movement is clumsy and uncontrolled. ...a graceless… …   English dictionary

  • graceless — grace|less [ˈgreısləs] adj 1.) not being polite, especially when someone has been kind to you ▪ He was bad tempered and graceless in defeat. 2.) moving or doing something in a way that seems awkward ≠ ↑graceful ▪ The soldiers were graceless with… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • graceless — adjective 1 not being polite, especially when someone has been kind to you: She was utterly graceless, showing no gratitude for all we had done. 2 moving or doing something in a way that seems awkward 3 something that is graceless is unattractive …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • graceless — adjective Date: 14th century 1. lacking in divine grace ; immoral, unregenerate 2. a. lacking a sense of propriety < a graceless accusation > b. devoid of attractive qualities 3. artistically inept or unbeautiful < graceless dancing > • …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • graceless — gracelessly, adv. gracelessness, n. /grays lis/, adj. 1. lacking grace, pleasing elegance, or charm. 2. without any sense of right or propriety. [1325 75; ME; see GRACE, LESS] * * * …   Universalium

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