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[im-puh-lahyt] /ˌɪm pəˈlaɪt/
not polite or courteous; discourteous; rude:
an impolite reply.
Origin of impolite
1605-15; < Latin impolītus rough, unpolished. See im-2, polite
Related forms
impolitely, adverb
impoliteness, noun
disrespectful; uncivil; insolent; boorish, ill-mannered, rough. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for impolite
  • When he does turn it on, the excess hydrogen vents from a small pipe on the roof with the sound of an impolite burp.
  • It is not impolite to ignore these people, to tell them to go away or to even display anger if they cross the line and touch you.
  • It may be impolite to not send our thank yous for social occasions, but not employment situations.
  • Even the word lady when used this way is impolite and inappropriate.
  • On the phone, much of that would be considered impolite.
  • No one is so impolite as to ask, but the guests may talk about it later.
  • So many patrons are on the phone or texting that the banter of a stranger is not valued or an impolite intrusion.
  • We've even heard that it's impolite to nod at people in some cultures.
  • There is some impolite, though never shocking, language.
  • It has some impolite language, threats and comic violence.
British Dictionary definitions for impolite


discourteous; rude; uncivil
Derived Forms
impolitely, adverb
impoliteness, noun
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Word Origin and History for impolite

1610s, "unrefined, rough," from Latin impolitus "unpolished, rough, unrefined," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + politus "polished" (see polite). Sense of "discourteous, ill-mannered" is from 1739. Related: Impolitely; impoliteness.

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