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[in-suh-vil-i-tee] /ˌɪn səˈvɪl ɪ ti/
noun, plural incivilities for 2.
the quality or condition of being uncivil; discourteous behavior or treatment.
an uncivil act.
Origin of incivility
From the Late Latin word incīvīlitās, dating back to 1575-85. See in-3, civility
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[in-siv-uh l] /ɪnˈsɪv əl/ (Show IPA),
1. rudeness, boorishness, uncouthness. 2. discourtesy. Unabridged
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  • Kirkwood's smile robbed the retort of any flavor of incivility.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • In other words, if it was not illegal—there was no doubt of its legality—it was an incivility.

  • Wherever we went, and whatever the hour, we met with no incivility.

    A Woman who went to Alaska May Kellogg Sullivan
  • "And you seem to have a talent for incivility," retorts she, rather nettled.

    Molly Bawn Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  • There is scarcely one of my respectable clients but complains of your incivility.

    Lavengro George Borrow
  • It was his mother who, rebuking his incivility, desired him to attend upon the lady.

    The Billow and the Rock Harriet Martineau
  • She stared, and corrected her incivility with "Ah, yes," and a formal smile.

  • That fellow's behaviour may be construed as a more than common stretch of incivility.

    Vittoria, Complete George Meredith
  • I could not help saying, I considered his departure as a relief from incivility.

    Red Gauntlet Sir Walter Scott
British Dictionary definitions for incivility


noun (pl) -ties
lack of civility or courtesy; rudeness
an impolite or uncivil act or remark
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Word Origin and History for incivility

1580s, "want of civilized behavior, rudeness," from French incivilité (early 15c.), from Late Latin incivilitatem (nominative incivilitas), from incivilis "not civil," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + civilis "relating to a citizen, relating to public life, befitting a citizen; popular, affable, courteous" (see civil). Meaning "an act of rudeness" is from 1650s. Incivil "not conducive to common good" is from mid-15c.

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