graceless vs unpleasing what difference

what is difference between graceless and unpleasing



From Middle English graceles; equivalent to grace +‎ -less.


  • IPA(key): /ˈɡɹeɪsləs/


graceless (comparative more graceless, superlative most graceless)

  1. Without grace.
    • 1881, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Sonnet XXXII, “Equal Troth,” in The House of Life, [1]:
      Not by one measure mayst thou mete our love; / For how should I be loved as I love thee? — / I, graceless, joyless, lacking absolutely / All gifts that with thy queenship best behove; — []
    • 1972, Roland Barthes, “Toys” in Mythologies (1957), translated by Annette Lavers, New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, p. 54,
      Current toys are made of a graceless material, the product of chemistry, not of nature.
    • 1995, Susan Sontag, “The Art of Fiction No. 143,” Interview with Edward Hirsch published in The Paris Review, No. 137, Winter, 1995, p. 7,
      [Hirsch:] Do you mind being called an intellectual? [Sontag:] Well, one never likes to be called anything. [] I suppose there will always be a presumption of graceless oddity—especially if one is a woman.
  2. Lacking gracefulness.
    • 1961, Irving Stone, The Agony and the Ecstasy, New York: Signet, p. 64,
      The boy sketched his roughhewn young contadino just in from the fields, naked except for his brache, kneeling to take off his clodhoppers; the flesh tones a sunburned amber, the figure clumsy, with graceless bumpkin muscles; but the face transfused with light as the young lad gazed up at John.
  3. Without the grace of God.
    • 1902, John Buchan, The Outgoing of the Tide
      For it was approaching that uncanny time of year, the festival of Beltane, when the auld pagans were wont to sacrifice to their god Baal. In this season warlocks and carlines have a special dispensation to do evil, and Alison waited on its coming with graceless joy.
  4. (archaic) Unfortunate.


  • clumsy


  • graceful

Derived terms

  • gracelessly
  • gracelessness



From Middle English un-plesyng, equivalent to un- +‎ pleasing.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ʌnˈpliːzɪŋ/


unpleasing (comparative more unpleasing, superlative most unpleasing)

  1. Not pleasing; unpleasant.
    • c. 1594, William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act III, Scene 5,[1]
      It is, it is: hie hence, be gone, away!
      It is the lark that sings so out of tune,
      Straining harsh discords and unpleasing sharps.
    • 1766, Oliver Goldsmith, The Vicar of Wakefield, Chapter 13,[2]
      [] Be assured, my dear, that these were the harshest words, and to me the most unpleasing that ever escaped your lips!’
    • 2000, J. G. Ballard, Super-Cannes, Fourth Estate 2011, p. 86:
      Zander took out a silk handkerchief and vented some unpleasing odour from his mouth.

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