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uncivil

[uhn-siv-uhl]
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adjective
  1. without good manners; unmannerly; rude; impolite; discourteous.
  2. uncivilized.
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Origin of uncivil

First recorded in 1545–55; un-1 + civil
Related formsun·ci·vil·i·ty [uhn-suh-vil-i-tee] /ˌʌn səˈvɪl ɪ ti/, un·civ·il·ness, nounun·civ·il·ly, adverb

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Contemporary Examples of uncivil

Historical Examples of uncivil

  • "You need not be uncivil," returned Bywater, with great suavity.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • And my opinion is that you are as uncivil as I've proved you to be untruthful.

    The Rescue

    Joseph Conrad

  • This was uncivil enough, but Sir Francis did not take it amiss.

    Kept in the Dark

    Anthony Trollope

  • There is nothing so uncivil at times as to be cuttingly polite.

  • As you call me brother; I am not an uncivil person after all, sister.

    Lavengro

    George Borrow


British Dictionary definitions for uncivil

uncivil

adjective
  1. lacking civility or good manners
  2. an obsolete word for uncivilized
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Derived Formsuncivility (ˌʌnsɪˈvɪlɪtɪ) or uncivilness, noununcivilly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for uncivil

adj.

1550s, "barbarous," from un- (1) "not" + civil. Meaning "impolite" is 1590s.

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