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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.


From Middle French incivilité, from Late Latin incivilitas(incivility), from Latin incivilis(impolite, uncivil), from in-(privative) + civilis(belonging to a citizen, civic, political, urbane, courteous, civil), from civis(a citizen).


incivility ‎(countable and uncountable, plural incivilities)

  1. (uncountable) The quality or state of being uncivil; want of courtesy; rudeness of manner; impoliteness.
  2. (countable) Any act of rudeness or ill-breeding.
  3. (uncountable) Want of civilization; a state of rudeness or barbarism.
    • 1781, [Mostyn John Armstrong], History and Antiquities of the County of Norfolk. Volume IX. Containing the Hundreds of Smithdon, Taverham, Tunstead, Walsham, and Wayland, volume IX, Norwich: Printed by J. Crouse, for M. Booth, bookseller, OCLC 520624543, page 51:
      BEAT on, proud billows; Boreas blow; / Swell, curled waves, high as Jove's roof; / Your incivility doth ſhow, / That innocence is tempeſt proof; / Though ſurly Nereus frown, my thoughts are calm; / Then ſtrike, Affliction, for thy wounds are balm. [Attributed to Roger L'Estrange (1616–1704).]

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