Definition of uncomplimentary in US English:

uncomplimentary

adjective

  • Not complimentary; negative or insulting.

    ‘uncomplimentary remarks’
    • ‘Just as you indicated to the member that he would be going home early and then turned to this side of the House, the member muttered some very uncomplimentary remarks towards you.’
    • ‘And I don't mean that in an altogether uncomplimentary way.’
    • ‘As I said, some people don't know what they got till its gone and I intend to remove any ungrateful and uncomplimentary subscribers from my address book unless I am duly praised and thanked.’
    • ‘Witter is equally uncomplimentary about Hatton, all but accusing him of cowardice for failing to meet him so far.’
    • ‘The published book on the research was uncomplimentary about the town and many of its leaders and was written in what many people felt was a rather patronizing tone.’
    • ‘These uncomplimentary images diminished the service of women volunteers.’
    • ‘Several of them have become a talking point in the office, though unfortunately many of the comments are uncomplimentary.’
    • ‘It is a good while since our letters bag has received so many submissions on one topic and all but one have been uncomplimentary.’
    • ‘It's not the first time corporations have agreed to show their products in an uncomplimentary light.’
    • ‘What it says, though, is generally uncomplimentary.’
    • ‘Do we really want to return to those dark times when Catholic authorities attempted to strip from the Talmud those passages that are uncomplimentary toward Jesus?’
    • ‘Once there, they were treated to the sight and sound of the club's vice-chairman orchestrating the post-match analysis in a distinctly uncomplimentary manner.’
    • ‘Not (I must reiterate) that I've said anything uncomplimentary about him here, anyway.’
    • ‘A few words flashed into her head, most uncomplimentary, some unrepeatable.’
    • ‘‘After continual taunts, I over-reacted and made an uncomplimentary gesture,’ he said.’
    • ‘Ed: this won't do - we must try and restrain uncomplimentary language!’
    • ‘Many members of the Government appear unaware that they have the ability to stop many of the uncomplimentary stories that are written about them.’
    • ‘It has been called, in an uncomplimentary way, ‘professors' law’ and viciously parodied within Germany.’
    • ‘Elements of the British media was particularly uncomplimentary about the bid, with the Daily Telegraph, not above the occasional bout of Paddy bashing, making some witty references to Riverdance.’
    • ‘The judge was awarded €25,000 from the paper following uncomplimentary and libellous remarks about his telephonic habits.’
    disparaging, denigratory, belittling, diminishing, slighting, deprecatory, depreciatory, depreciative, detracting, deflating
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Pronunciation

uncomplimentary

/ˌənˌkämpləˈment(ə)rē//ˌənˌkɑmpləˈmɛnt(ə)ri/