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[ uhn-siv-uhl ]


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

    Synonyms: boorish, uncouth, disrespectful


/ ˌʌnsɪˈvɪlɪtɪ; ʌnˈsɪvəl /


  1. lacking civility or good manners
  2. an obsolete word for uncivilized

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Derived Forms

  • uncivility, noun
  • unˈcivilly, adverb

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Other Words From

  • un·ci·vil·i·ty [uhn-s, uh, -, vil, -i-tee], un·civil·ness noun
  • un·civil·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of uncivil1

First recorded in 1545–55; un- 1 + civil

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Example Sentences

She is as unmasked, unvaccinated and uncivil as she tears through Capitol Hill, and wholly unapologetic.

From Time

“In this uncivil twilight, we make our own choices, we wear our true faces,” he says.

Uncivil Liberties By Calvin Trillin I spent my college years deep into the great humorists: Benchley, Perelman, Woody Allen.

When it becomes "uncivil" to call out liars, lying becomes free.

More than a tempest in a teapot, a most uncivil war is brewing.

Extreme partisanship and uncivil political discourse is not the best way to accomplish anything in Washington.

If it be mere banter, I can endure it within proper limit; although it is uncivil on the part of a stranger.

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

If I did not like you, it would be uncivil of you to say you had found it out, unless I treated you rudely.

Wouldst thou be so uncivil as to say no to her invitation, if she sent to thee, to come?

I hope it's not uncivil to say that you can be, and ought to be, in gaol.


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