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Awkwardness

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A'wkwardness. n.s. [from awkward.] Inelegance; want of gentility; oddness; unsuitableness.

One may observe awkwardness in the Italians, which easily discovers their airs not to be natural. Addis. Rem. on Italy.

All his airs of behaviour have a certain awkwardness in them; but these awkward airs are worn away by degrees in company. Watts's Improvement of the Mind.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Watts, Isaac (117)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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