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discourtesy

[dis-kur-tuh-see] /dɪsˈkɜr tə si/
noun, plural discourtesies.
1.
lack or breach of courtesy; incivility; rudeness.
2.
a discourteous or impolite act.
Origin of discourtesy
1545-1555
1545-55; dis-1 + courtesy
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  • Mr. Lynville would die sooner than be guilty of that discourtesy.

    Round the Block John Bell Bouton
  • After a moment, "I mean no discourtesy," he began stiffly, "but—"

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • This discourtesy was so open that McClellan's staff noticed it, and newspaper correspondents commented on it.

    Lincoln's Yarns and Stories Alexander K. McClure
  • It was a climax of discourtesy whose impression I must at all costs efface.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • The loss of the chart seemed a breach of hospitality, a discourtesy to her guest, and she wanted to make amends.

    Clover and Blue Grass Eliza Calvert Hall
  • Courtesy, they say, is the mark of a great man, discourtesy of a little one.

    The Soul of a People H. Fielding
  • Simple folks, who do not understand the meaning of the custom, erroneously regard it as an evidence of vulgarity and discourtesy.

  • Can you suspect me of discourtesy, as well as of—I know not what.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • The discourtesy and the irregularity of the proceeding, when it became known, shocked General Scott.

    The Galaxy Various
British Dictionary definitions for discourtesy

discourtesy

/dɪsˈkɜːtɪsɪ/
noun (pl) -sies
1.
bad manners; rudeness
2.
a rude remark or act
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Word Origin and History for discourtesy
n.

1550s; see dis- "opposite of" + courtesy.

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