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[im-puh-lahyt] /ˌɪm pəˈlaɪt/
not polite or courteous; discourteous; rude:
an impolite reply.
Origin of impolite
First recorded in 1605-15, impolite is from the Latin word impolītus rough, unpolished. See im-2, polite
Related forms
impolitely, adverb
impoliteness, noun
disrespectful; uncivil; insolent; boorish, ill-mannered, rough. Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • impoliteness was nothing new to him, since he had been in America.

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
  • For a boot ensign to interrupt like that was an impoliteness that Keku chose to ignore.

    Unwise Child Gordon Randall Garrett
  • It is also a piece of impoliteness to interrupt another in his remarks.

    The Young Man's Guide

    William A. Alcott
  • But she repulsed the impoliteness, as if it were a ball at tennis.

    Children of the Soil Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • Remember, though, it is the height of impoliteness not to pay a woman the compliment she wants.

    The Duel A. I. Kuprin
  • I always was when my system simply pined for a bit of impoliteness.

    Wanted: A Cook Alan Dale
  • It is the height of impoliteness to ask for a second piece of sugar.

  • This pleased the men and they were ashamed of their impoliteness.

    Modern Americans Chester Sanford
  • She regretted the impoliteness of the French here and apologized for them for crowding us.

    Jungle Peace William Beebe
  • But Ruth had already seen the impoliteness of their actions.

    Ruth Fielding Down in Dixie Alice B. Emerson
British Dictionary definitions for impoliteness


discourteous; rude; uncivil
Derived Forms
impolitely, adverb
impoliteness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for impoliteness



1610s, "unrefined, rough," from Latin impolitus "unpolished, rough, unrefined," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + politus "polished" (see polite). Sense of "discourteous, ill-mannered" is from 1739. Related: Impolitely; impoliteness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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