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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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British Dictionary definitions for uncivility


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



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

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