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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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  • He supposed it was because he thought he had been impolite enough.

    Paradise Garden George Gibbs
  • Calendar, he believed, was capable of prevarication, polite and impolite.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • And possibly David MacLester may be excused for using so impolite an expression when his situation is considered.

    The Auto Boys' Mystery James A. Braden
  • Her offended tone aroused him now to the understanding that he was impolite.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • I holt in my hant a little machine to blow us all high-sky if you are so unkind to be impolite.

    The Cup of Fury Rupert Hughes
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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