unseemly


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un·seem·ly

 (ŭn-sēm′lē)
adj. un·seem·li·er, un·seem·li·est
1. Not in accord with accepted standards of decency or morality.
2. Not suited to the circumstances; inappropriate: took an unseemly amount of time to complete the project.
3. Unattractive; unsightly: "The point at which the walls of suburban houses meet the lawns is apparently unseemly and must be covered up with these stunted trees" (Amy Benson).
adv.
In an improper or inappropriate manner.

un·seem′li·ness n.
Synonyms: unseemly, improper, unbecoming, indelicate, indecent, indecorous
These adjectives mean not in keeping with accepted standards of what is right or proper. What is unseemly reflects badly on one's manners or morals: an unseemly outburst; married in unseemly haste. Improper often refers to unethical conduct, a breach of etiquette, or morally offensive behavior: improper business practices; improper behavior at the dinner table. Unbecoming suggests what is beneath the standard implied by one's character or position: language unbecoming to an officer. Indelicate suggests immodesty, coarseness, or tactlessness: indelicate barnyard humor; an indelicate reference to the senator's family troubles. Indecent refers to what is considered crude or vulgar, especially with regard to sexual impropriety or sexually explicit material: an indecent proposal; indecent programming. Indecorous implies violation of propriety or decorum: an exposé of the author's indecorous past.

unseemly

(ʌnˈsiːmlɪ)
adj
1. not in good style or taste; unbecoming
2. obsolete unattractive
adv
rare in an unseemly manner
unˈseemliness n

un•seem•ly

(ʌnˈsim li)

adj. , -li•er, -li•est,
adv. adj.
1. not seemly; not in keeping with accepted standards of taste or proper form.
2. inappropriate for time or place.
adv.
3. in an unseemly manner.
[1250–1300]
un•seem′li•ness, n.
syn: See improper.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.unseemly - not in keeping with accepted standards of what is right or proper in polite societyunseemly - not in keeping with accepted standards of what is right or proper in polite society; "was buried with indecent haste"; "indecorous behavior"; "language unbecoming to a lady"; "unseemly to use profanity"; "moved to curb their untoward ribaldry"
improper - not suitable or right or appropriate; "slightly improper to dine alone with a married man"; "improper medication"; "improper attire for the golf course"

unseemly

unseemly

adjective
Translations

unseemly

[ʌnˈsiːmlɪ] ADJ (gen) → mal visto; [behaviour] → impropio, indecoroso

unseemly

[ʌnˈsiːmli] adjinconvenant(e)

unseemly

unseemly

[ʌnˈsiːmlɪ] adj (pej) → sconveniente, indecoroso/a
References in classic literature ?
Possibly in a land of misrule like Thessaly he may be welcomed at first, and the unseemly narrative of his escape will be regarded by the inhabitants as an amusing tale.
As for the scandal that would befall the Circular Class if the frivolous and unseemly conduct of the Women were imputed to them, and as to the consequent subversion of the Constitution, the Female Sex could not be expected to give a thought to these considerations.
And once more, the inharmonious and unseemly nature can only tend to disproportion?
He lies, dressed, across a large unseemly bed, upon a bedstead that has indeed given way under the weight upon it.
So let me have no more unseemly behaviour from any of you, for I am grown up now to the knowledge of good and evil and understand what is going on, instead of being the child that I have been heretofore.
And yet we all know that those very people sooner or later have been false to themselves, playing some queer trick, often a most unseemly one.
Agreeable as their expression was, the young man was shocked that they should reflect so unseemly a picture of the august tribunal before which, at that very moment, her case was being tried.
Philip saw that he felt he had asked an unseemly question.
Every face bore almost the same smile, expressing unseemly thoughts about the women.
But when he is detected in any unseemly act now, it is my stern practice to cane my writing table in his presence, and even this punishment is almost more than he can bear.
began Amy, gesticulating with unseemly energy, but she got no further, for Jo quenched her by slamming down the window.
All this unseemly rage and row about such a - a - Dorcas, I never saw you carry on like this before.