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1. Lacking grace; clumsy.
2. Having or exhibiting no sense of propriety or decency.
3. Inferior or clumsy in treatment or performance: a graceless production of the play.

grace′less·ly adv.
grace′less·ness n.
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Noun1.gracelessness - an unpleasant lack of grace in carriage or form or movement or expression
clumsiness, awkwardness - the carriage of someone whose movements and posture are ungainly or inelegant
2.gracelessness - the inelegance of someone stiff and unrelaxed (as by embarrassment)gracelessness - the inelegance of someone stiff and unrelaxed (as by embarrassment)
inelegance - the quality of lacking refinement and good taste
woodenness - the quality of being wooden and awkward; "he criticized the woodenness of the acting"; "there was a certain woodenness in his replies"
gaucherie, rusticity - the quality of being rustic or gauche
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It was the image of the week, in all its gracelessness; the sight of the UK's 29-strong delegation of Brexit Party MEPs turning their back on the European Parliament during the playing of Beethoven's Ode To Joy -- the recognised anthem of European institutions -- by a group of schoolchildren.
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scene, and the (on the whole) gracelessness of the people" (qtd.
All is well so long as this gracelessness yields nothing more unpleasant than a bout with a cop (when, more often than not, the offender will be found pleading abjectly to be let off).
(7) Under pressure, little separates Eckland and Martello in their gracelessness, and both Americans are presented as philistine and expedient in contrast to the cultured and scrupulous British.
Trilling granted a "certain gracelessness" in his minimal position, if only because "millions of Jews are suffering simply because they have the heritage that I so minimize in my own intellectual life." He allowed that "we are on all sides required to imagine the unimaginable sufferings of masses of men." But he saw no point in "merely symbolic action, of mere guilty gesture" (16).
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Thematic clumsiness aside, Leslie maintains that given the inherent gracelessness of the appliance Lennox was only doing what it had to.
tightrope Despite my gracelessness though, I feel calm and like I've had a good work out and the following day, my calves and core feel nicely stretched out.