discourtesy

noun dis·cour·te·sy \ -ˈkər-tə-sē \

Definition of discourtesy

1 : rudeness
2 : a rude act

Examples of discourtesy in a Sentence

  1. His tardiness was just another in a series of small discourtesies.

  2. the courtiers shuddered at the discourtesy shown to the king

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First Known Use of discourtesy

1555

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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DISCOURTESY Defined for English Language Learners

discourtesy

Definition of discourtesy for English Language Learners

  • : rude or impolite behavior

  • : a rude act


DISCOURTESY Defined for Kids

discourtesy

noun dis·cour·te·sy \ dis-ˈkər-tə-sē \

Definition of discourtesy for Students

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


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