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rude

[rood] /rud/
adjective, ruder, rudest.
1.
discourteous or impolite, especially in a deliberate way:
a rude reply.
2.
without culture, learning, or refinement:
rude, illiterate peasants.
3.
rough in manners or behavior; unmannerly; uncouth.
4.
rough, harsh, or ungentle:
rude hands.
5.
roughly wrought, built, or formed; of a crude construction or kind:
a rude cottage.
6.
not properly or fully developed; raw; unevolved:
a rude first stage of development.
7.
harsh to the ear:
rude sounds.
8.
without artistic elegance; of a primitive simplicity:
a rude design.
9.
violent or tempestuous, as the waves.
10.
robust, sturdy, or vigorous:
rude strength.
11.
approximate or tentative:
a rude first calculation of costs.
Origin of rude
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English rude, ruide (< Old French) < Latin rudis
Related forms
rudely, adverb
rudeness, noun
overrude, adjective
overrudely, adverb
overrudeness, noun
unrude, adjective
unrudely, adverb
Synonyms
1. uncivil, unmannerly, curt, brusque, impertinent, impudent, saucy, pert, fresh. 2. unrefined, uncultured, uncivilized, uncouth, coarse, vulgar, rough. 8. rustic, artless. 9. stormy, fierce, tumultuous, turbulent.
Synonym Study
1, 3. See boorish. 6. See raw.
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Examples from the Web for rudeness
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  • Trenton was amazed at the rudeness of this reply, and his face flushed with anger.

    One Day's Courtship Robert Barr
  • I laughed, for I did not care to show myself offended with her rudeness.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • The rudeness of your whole behaviour this evening has been disgraceful.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • Her unparallel'd rudeness shall not compel me to leave the house, till I please.

  • I hope, Theodorus, that I am not betrayed into rudeness by my love of conversation?

    Theaetetus Plato
British Dictionary definitions for rudeness

rude

/ruːd/
adjective
1.
insulting or uncivil; discourteous; impolite: he was rude about her hairstyle
2.
lacking refinement; coarse or uncouth
3.
vulgar or obscene: a rude joke
4.
unexpected and unpleasant: a rude awakening to the facts of economic life
5.
roughly or crudely made: we made a rude shelter on the island
6.
rough or harsh in sound, appearance, or behaviour
7.
humble or lowly
8.
(prenominal) robust or sturdy: in rude health
9.
(prenominal) approximate or imprecise: a rude estimate
Derived Forms
rudely, adverb
rudeness, (informal) rudery, noun
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin rudis coarse, unformed
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Word Origin and History for rudeness

rude

adj.

late 13c., "coarse, rough" (of surfaces), from Old French ruide (13c.) or directly from Latin rudis "rough, crude, unlearned," perhaps related to rudus "rubble." Sense of "ill-mannered, uncultured; uneducated, uncultured" is from mid-14c. Rude boy (also rudie, for short) in Jamaican slang is attested from 1967. Figurative phrase rude awakening is attested from 1895.

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