without good manners; unmannerly; rude; impolite; discourteous.

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

Synonyms for uncivil

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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.


    George Borrow

British Dictionary definitions for uncivil



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

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

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