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1. Slow or reluctant in giving, forgiving, or sharing; stingy.
2. Harsh in judgment; unkind.

un·gen′er·ous·ly adv.
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in an ungenerous manner
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Read it, and--" she checked herself, even in her anger she was incapable of speaking ungenerously to the old man who had so warmly befriended her.
'I have no doubt he is, poor fellow,' said Helena, with a look of proud compassion at her brother, expressing a deep sense of his being ungenerously treated.
I have not treated her ungenerously, and she had no just cause of complaint against me, but you know what women are, Mr.
Mostly though it has left a light mark on history: as the French representative at the Treaty of Utrecht pointed out ungenerously to his hosts, the city--and the Dutch--had little active role to play in the negotiations, which were 'De vous, chez tous, sans vous' (concerning you, in your house, but without you).
One method of preserving it is to use it as sparingly as possible, avoiding occasions of expense by cultivating peace, but remembering also that timely disbursements to prepare for danger frequently prevent much greater disbursements to repel it, avoiding likewise the accumulation of debt, not only by shunning occasions of expense, but by vigorous exertion in time of peace to discharge the debts which unavoidable wars may have occasioned, not ungenerously throwing upon posterity the burden which we ourselves ought to bear."
According to Kwame Anthony Appiah, 'Postcoloniality is the condition of what we might ungenerously call a comprador intelligentsia: a relatively small, Western-style, Western-trained group of writers and thinkers, who mediate the trade in cultural commodities of world capitalism at the periphery'.28 Arif Dirlik, too, has related the establishment of postcolonial studies as a discipline in the western academy to the arrival and reception of postcolonial intellectuals in the West.
informative) biography, perhaps ungenerously, links the Bloomsbury credo
The idea had a powerful appeal, but I decided that limiting myself to a 250-word vocabulary--heavy on nouns, and light on verbs--would probably create something that might generously be called brave and avant--garde; or ungenerously, an unreadable mess.
Works like these were imagined for a different audience from the preceding generation's: Ungenerously put, they were tended for a collector base, whereas the earlier artists were often trying to avoid one.
Raymond Naughton, Law Enforcement in Colonial New York 227 n.17, 757-59 (1970"In general, the pardon power seems to have been exercised not ungenerously...."); MARIE Gottschalk, Caught: The Prison State and the Lockdown of American Politics 186 (2015); Douglas Greenberg, Crime and Law Enforcement in the Colony of New York, 1691-1776, at 130-31 (1974); Hugh F.
Leery of her emotional instability, Hemingway somewhat ungenerously wrote a Nick Adams story called "A Way You'll Never Be" to show her what true depression was (Kert 249-50).