impolite

adjective
im·​po·​lite | \ ˌim-pə-ˈlīt How to pronounce impolite (audio) \

Definition of impolite

: not polite : rude

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Other Words from impolite

impolitely adverb
impoliteness noun

Examples of impolite in a Sentence

It's impolite to talk during the performance. He made some impolite comments about her appearance.
Recent Examples on the Web What is a good polite — or even impolite — way to tell her to put down the phone and pay attention to the world around her? Washington Post, 28 June 2021 Or is a request for a moment appropriate? Entering another person’s office without an invitation is an imposition, and therefore asking that person to wait is not impolite. Washington Post, 20 June 2021 While slurping your food in America might be impolite, it is usually considered a compliment in Japan, especially in the presence of the chef. Fardad Zabetian, Forbes, 10 June 2021 Even more of a minefield than Instagram is Venmo, which forces conversation on a subject that feels impolite even among close friends: money. Leigh Cesiro, Vulture, 20 May 2021 But a couple of months into the Biden era, enough time has passed for it no longer to seem impolite to point out that we should not be reassured. Ben Ehrenreich, The New Republic, 18 Mar. 2021 So why is it considered impolite to correct someone's grammar? Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2021 Just give us some insight into what happens when people stop being impolite and start getting old. James Poniewozik, New York Times, 5 Mar. 2021 Much of it simply outlined complaints of alleged impolite or standoffish behavior from poll workers and Democratic poll watchers. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, 12 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of impolite

1739, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for impolite

Latin impolitus, from in- + politus polite

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The first known use of impolite was in 1739

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31 Jul 2021

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“Impolite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/impolite. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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More Definitions for impolite

impolite

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of impolite

: not polite

impolite

adjective
im·​po·​lite | \ ˌim-pə-ˈlīt How to pronounce impolite (audio) \

Kids Definition of impolite

: not polite

Other Words from impolite

impolitely adverb

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