- the quality or condition of being uncivil; discourteous behavior or treatment.
- an uncivil act.
Origin of incivility
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Examples from the Web for incivility
Disagreement over this is fierce, sometimes degenerating into ludicrous levels of incivility.Pew Survey Raises More Questions About American Jewry
Brent E. Sasley
October 3, 2013
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
- lack of civility or courtesy; rudeness
- an impolite or uncivil act or remark
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.