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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, 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
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How else could people "account for any seeming or supposed impropriety of behavior and inelegancy of taste, reported to characterize the woman, who has been so regardless of her sex's disqualification for thought, as actually to allow her own thoughts to appear in print?" Women's authorship was still the exception in the belletristic tradition of the gentleman writer, and certainly no American woman could dream of sustaining a living from her pen.