gratuitously gratuitously  /ɡrə ˈtu ə təs li/


  • (adv) in an uncalled-for manner


  1. Watt's trouble was that he tended to go too far, gratuitously provoking environmentalists and a wary public.
  2. He gratuitously offered political intelligence to Presidents Dwight Eisenhower and Harry Truman, but both seemed unimpressed.
  3. All of them are politically incorrect, gratuitously insulting and ill tempered.


  1. With McCrory, cooler heads don’t prevail

    At times of great tumult, great leaders lead, not gratuitously make things more tumultuous.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Charlotte Observer

  2. 'Internship': Not That Funny

    Not since the odd 1988 boy-meets-alien flop “Mac and Me” has there been a film as egregiously built around product placement as “The Internship.” While “Mac and Me” gratuitously gobbled up McDonalds, it wasn’t actually about the golden arches.
    on June 6, 2013     Source: Fox News


  1. "The choice of such artwork is gratuitously offensive to the religious beliefs of many Australians," Australian Prime Minister John Howard told Thursday's Daily Telegraph newspaper.
    on Aug 30, 2007 By: John Howard Source: Reuters UK

  2. In question time, Opposition Leader John-Paul Langbroek asked what was more important to Ms Bligh - restoring Queensland's credit rating or "a gratuitously political stunt".
    on Sep 1, 2009 By: John-Paul Langbroek Source: Melbourne Herald Sun

  3. "The remarks by BBC Radio 5 presenter DJ Spoony and straight US porn actor Ron Jeremy were gratuitously sexist and homophobic," Mr Tatchell said. "The BBC should have never broadcast them. A public apology is due from the BBC."
    on Jan 6, 2009 By: Peter Tatchell Source: Metro

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