dis·​cour·​te·​sy | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈkər-tə-sē How to pronounce discourtesy (audio) \

Definition of discourtesy

1 : rudeness
2 : a rude act

Examples of discourtesy in a Sentence

His tardiness was just another in a series of small discourtesies. the courtiers shuddered at the discourtesy shown to the king
Recent Examples on the Web The brouhaha, especially the recent arrest at the school board meeting, has left residents of all races, political loyalties and religious beliefs lamenting the disruption and discourtesy. Washington Post, 1 July 2021 McManus, in firing the officers, also cited acts of incompetency, discourtesy and lack of moral character. Express-news Staff Report, ExpressNews.com, 12 Aug. 2020 Casual discourtesy of this sort has been a staple of the European chattering classes since pre-Revolutionary days. Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review, 4 July 2019 The black truncheon attached to their ears became hitched to its associated discourtesy. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 12 June 2018 And the discourtesy involved in trying to override his management of the conversation is too much when dealing with the president of the United States. Bryan Marquard, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Mar. 2018 Their double-digit discourtesies were sophomoric in tone but historic in nature: The middle finger predates the Middle Ages. Erik Brady, USA TODAY, 26 Oct. 2017 No malicious gossip, discourtesy, backstabbing, passive aggression — none of that garbage. Philip Chard, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 Oct. 2017 School Superintendent Timothy Connellan said the class was an activist, compassionate and smart group who can help turn the tide of negativity and discourtesy prevalent in society. Bill Leukhardt, courant.com, 20 June 2017 See More

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First Known Use of discourtesy

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Discourtesy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discourtesy. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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dis·​cour·​te·​sy | \ dis-ˈkər-tə-sē How to pronounce discourtesy (audio) \
plural discourtesies

Kids Definition of discourtesy

1 : rude behavior She forgave his discourtesy.
2 : a rude act

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Nglish: Translation of discourtesy for Spanish Speakers


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