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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Mr. Lynville would die sooner than be guilty of that discourtesy.

    Round the Block John Bell Bouton
  • Can you suspect me of discourtesy, as well as of—I know not what.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • 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 is not to do you a discourtesy, but my tools are my bread.

  • 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
  • There is no special courtesy or discourtesy in any of these methods.

  • Simple folks, who do not understand the meaning of the custom, erroneously regard it as an evidence of vulgarity and discourtesy.

  • Here the woman was, however, and could not be treated with discourtesy!

    The Lion's Mouse C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • The discourtesy and the irregularity of the proceeding, when it became known, shocked General Scott.

    The Galaxy Various
British Dictionary definitions for discourtesy


noun (pl) -sies
bad manners; rudeness
a rude remark or act
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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