[ in-suh-vil-i-tee ]
/ ˌɪn səˈvɪl ɪ ti /

noun, plural in·ci·vil·i·ties for 2.

the quality or condition of being uncivil; discourteous behavior or treatment.
an uncivil act.

Nearby words

  1. incisure,
  2. incite,
  3. incitement,
  4. incitive,
  5. incivil,
  6. incl.,
  7. inclasp,
  8. inclemency,
  9. inclement,
  10. inclinable

Origin of incivility

From the Late Latin word incīvīlitās, dating back to 1575–85. See in-3, civility

SYNONYMS FOR incivility
Related formsin·civ·il [in-siv-uhl] /ɪnˈsɪv əl/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for incivil


/ (ɪnsɪˈvɪlɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

lack of civility or courtesy; rudeness
an impolite or uncivil act or remark
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Word Origin and History for incivil



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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