Know Your Next Word : gratuitous

11. gratuitous :

adjective :

given freely (said of something bad), unjustified, unprovoked, uncalled for

usage :

  • The scathing review of the movie contained several gratuitous remarks about the sex life of the director.

  • Their attack against us was gratuitous. We had never done anything to offend them.

  • Gratuitous is often misunderstood because it is confused with gratuity.

  • A gratuity is a tip, like the one you leave in a restaurant. A gratuity is a nice thing. Gratuitous, however, is not nice. Don't confuse these words.

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