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[dis-kur-tuh-see] /dɪsˈkɜr tə si/
noun, plural discourtesies.
lack or breach of courtesy; incivility; rudeness.
a discourteous or impolite act.
Origin of discourtesy
1545-55; dis-1 + courtesy Unabridged
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Examples from the web for discourtesy
  • The courtesy or discourtesy with which you treat your colleagues matters.
  • It was plain enough to discern, that the old fellows dreaded some such discourtesy at my hands.
  • His friends know that the fire in his belly may not have driven him to rudeness or discourtesy.
  • How to handle discourtesy and disrespectful language and behavior.
  • Some complaints, such as rudeness or discourtesy, will normally be handled by the officer's supervisor or division captain.
  • Occupying the ramp for preliminary launching steps is a discourtesy to boaters.
  • Concerns may be related to physical elements of the clinic and discourtesy.
  • As a result, a new discourtesy allegation would be added to the initial complaint.
  • Dishonesty, untruthfulness, or discourtesy will not be tolerated.
  • Occupying the ramp for preliminary launching steps is a discourtesy to waiting boaters.
British Dictionary definitions for discourtesy


noun (pl) -sies
bad manners; rudeness
a rude remark or act
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Word Origin and History for discourtesy

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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