noun, plural dis·cour·te·sies.

lack or breach of courtesy; incivility; rudeness.
a discourteous or impolite act.

Origin of discourtesy

First recorded in 1545–55; dis-1 + courtesy
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Examples from the Web for discourtesy

Contemporary Examples of discourtesy

Historical Examples of discourtesy

  • After a moment, "I mean no discourtesy," he began stiffly, "but—"

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • I write without her knowledge, and I hope that you will not associate her with my discourtesy.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • It was a climax of discourtesy whose impression I must at all costs efface.

  • At first this sort of thing seems to us to spring from laziness or from discourtesy.

  • Courtesy, they say, is the mark of a great man, discourtesy of a little one.

British Dictionary definitions for discourtesy


noun plural -sies

bad manners; rudeness
a rude remark or act
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Word Origin and History for discourtesy

1550s; see dis- "opposite of" + courtesy.

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