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Lack of refinement or polish.


(ɪnˈɛl ɪ gəns)

1. the quality or state of being inelegant; lack of elegance.
2. something that is inelegant.
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Noun1.inelegance - the quality of lacking refinement and good taste
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
gracelessness, clumsiness, awkwardness, stiffness - the inelegance of someone stiff and unrelaxed (as by embarrassment)
dowdiness, drabness, homeliness - having a drab or dowdy quality; lacking stylishness or elegance
manginess, seediness, shabbiness, sleaziness - a lack of elegance as a consequence of wearing threadbare or dirty clothing
tweediness - an informal, homely, outdoor look characteristic of those who wear tweeds
grossness, raunch, vulgarity, vulgarism, commonness, coarseness - the quality of lacking taste and refinement
crudeness, roughness - an unpolished unrefined quality; "the crudeness of frontier dwellings depressed her"
uncouthness, boorishness - inelegance by virtue of being an uncouth boor
ostentatiousness, pomposity, pompousness, pretentiousness, splashiness, ostentation, puffiness, inflation - lack of elegance as a consequence of being pompous and puffed up with vanity
tastelessness - inelegance indicated by a lack of good taste
elegance - a refined quality of gracefulness and good taste; "she conveys an aura of elegance and gentility"
عَدَم أناقَه أو لَباقَه
nedostatek elegance
elegancia: az elegancia hiánya
skortur á glæsibrag; smekkleysi


nUneleganz f; (of clothes, person also)Mangel man Schick or Eleganz; (of style also)Schwerfälligkeit f, → Unausgewogenheit f; (of prose, phrase also)Ungeschliffenheit f, → Plumpheit f, → Schwerfälligkeit f; (of dialect)Derbheit f, → Schwerfälligkeit f


(inˈeligənt) adjective
not graceful; not elegant. She was sprawled in a chair in a most inelegant fashion.
inˈelegantly adverb
inˈelegance noun
References in classic literature ?
Of pride, indeed, there was, perhaps, scarcely enough; his indifference to a confusion of rank, bordered too much on inelegance of mind.
She smiled at my inelegance of speech, and answered that 'our connection as employer and employed was certainly dissolved, but that she hoped still to retain the pleasure of my acquaintance; she should always be happy to see me as a friend;' and then she said something about the excellent condition of the streets, and the long continuance of fine weather, and went away quite cheerful.
It was just the inelegance of being asked in a room full of people.
Corps Commander Karachi Lft General Naveed Mukhtar, DG Rangers Major General Bilal Akber, IG Sindh Ghulam Hyder Jamali, Sindh Information Minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, head of the inelegance agencies, Karachi police chief additional IG Karachi Mushtaq Mehar and other officials were also present in the meeting.
Gaponenko does not explicitly identify the tensions--between the personal and the political, life and death, inelegance and dignity, ephemerality and timelessness--underlying these ironies.
The system of Arabia's tyrannical tribal regimes were designed by the inelegance officers of the British Empire to facilitate the British dominance and control of Arabia, as well as to use Arabia's tribal regimes in the process of creating and securing the Zionist entity 'Israel'.
And I didn't want to have to chase a van up the road in a state of sartorial inelegance.
useless ugly inelegance of the stunted middle-class mind, academic or
For example, they out-performed the in-service teachers in description of the Case 2 Argument due to their paying greater attention to the inelegance of the Case 1 Argument.
As this is the age of internet news reporting, nothing sells more than reports about celebrity deaths and sex scandals hence it is no surprise that limits of inelegance have reached new echelons in news reporting.
Beyond the inelegance of such parallels, inaccuracies quickly emerge, although impressionable Anglo-Saxon audiences gobble them up frequently.
The deterioration of Eddie Greanapan, Black's principal defence attorney, "is objectively sad, and is made more so by the inelegance of his acts of denial and displacement of responsibility for his own shortcomings and aggressive paranoia" (he was particularly upset by an interview Greenspan gave The Globe and Mail in October 2009).