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[dis-kur-tuh-see] /dɪsˈkɜr tə si/
noun, plural discourtesies.
lack or breach of courtesy; incivility; rudeness.
a discourteous or impolite act.
Origin of discourtesy
First recorded in 1545-55; dis-1 + courtesy Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • After a moment, "I mean no discourtesy," he began stiffly, "but—"

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • I write without her knowledge, and I hope that you will not associate her with my discourtesy.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • It was a climax of discourtesy whose impression I must at all costs efface.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • At first this sort of thing seems to us to spring from laziness or from discourtesy.

    The Soul of a People H. Fielding
  • Courtesy, they say, is the mark of a great man, discourtesy of a little one.

    The Soul of a People H. Fielding
  • Ross found it hard to keep down his temper at this discourtesy.

    The Boy with the U. S. Weather Men

    Francis William Rolt-Wheeler
  • Can you suspect me of discourtesy, as well as of—I know not what.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • It is not to do you a discourtesy, but my tools are my bread.

  • It is the acme of discourtesy to keep any one waiting in this manner.

British Dictionary definitions for discourtesy


noun (pl) -sies
bad manners; rudeness
a rude remark or act
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for discourtesy

1550s; see dis- "opposite of" + courtesy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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