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noun, plural in·ci·vil·i·ties for 2.
  1. the quality or condition of being uncivil; discourteous behavior or treatment.
  2. an uncivil act.
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Origin of incivility

From the Late Latin word incīvīlitās, dating back to 1575–85. See in-3, civility
Related formsin·civ·il [in-siv-uhl] /ɪnˈsɪv əl/, adjective


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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.


    George Borrow

British Dictionary definitions for incivility


noun plural -ties
  1. lack of civility or courtesy; rudeness
  2. 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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