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impolite

[im-puh-lahyt]
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adjective
  1. 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 formsim·po·lite·ly, adverbim·po·lite·ness, noun

Synonyms

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disrespectful; uncivil; insolent; boorish, ill-mannered, rough.
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Examples from the Web for impoliteness

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</p>

    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


British Dictionary definitions for impoliteness

impolite

adjective
  1. discourteous; rude; uncivil
Derived Formsimpolitely, adverbimpoliteness, noun
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Word Origin and History for impoliteness

impolite

adj.

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.

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