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uncivil

[uhn-siv-uh l] /ʌnˈsɪv əl/
adjective
1.
without good manners; unmannerly; rude; impolite; discourteous.
Origin of uncivil
1545-1555
1545-55; un-1 + civil
Related forms
uncivility
[uhn-suh-vil-i-tee] /ˌʌn səˈvɪl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
uncivilness, noun
uncivilly, adverb
Synonyms
1. disrespectful, uncouth, boorish.
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  • He was uncivil to those beneath him, not civil to those above him, and insulting to his equals.

  • And my opinion is that you are as uncivil as I've proved you to be untruthful.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • If it be mere banter, I can endure it within proper limit; although it is uncivil on the part of a stranger.

    Peveril of the Peak Sir Walter Scott
  • This was uncivil enough, but Sir Francis did not take it amiss.

    Kept in the Dark Anthony Trollope
  • Wouldst thou be so uncivil as to say no to her invitation, if she sent to thee, to come?

British Dictionary definitions for uncivil

uncivil

/ʌnˈsɪvəl/
adjective
1.
lacking civility or good manners
2.
an obsolete word for uncivilized
Derived Forms
uncivility (ˌʌnsɪˈvɪlɪtɪ), uncivilness, noun
uncivilly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for uncivil
adj.

1550s, "barbarous," from un- (1) "not" + civil. Meaning "impolite" is 1590s.

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