Definition of unstatesmanlike in US English:



  • Not suitable for or befitting a statesman.

    ‘his decision was condemned as petulant and unstatesmanlike’
    • ‘Harold Macmillan's "wind of change" speech was a gratuitous piece of rhetoric which committed the inexcusably unstatesmanlike folly of arousing vast expectations in advance of what was bound to be an extremely difficult disengagement from empire.’
    • ‘He was notorious for his unstatesmanlike dirty tricks when dealing with people who failed to toe his line.’
    • ‘But the prime minister is also known for unstatesmanlike gaffes and occasionally losing his temper.’
    • ‘His unstatesmanlike behavior and childish tough talk makes many people in other countries wince.’