incivility

noun

in·​ci·​vil·​i·​ty ˌin(t)-sə-ˈvi-lə-tē How to pronounce incivility (audio)
1
: the quality or state of being uncivil
2
: a rude or discourteous act

Example Sentences

We chose to ignore their little insults and incivilities. I won't tolerate incivility, and that includes text messaging while I'm speaking.
Recent Examples on the Web But to insult them personally is to set a standard of incivility and to compromise your commitment, as a professor, to settling differences through debate and not insults. Judith Martin, oregonlive, 30 Jan. 2023 But to insult them personally is to set a standard of incivility and to compromise your commitment, as a professor, to settling differences through debate and not insults. Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 30 Jan. 2023 Across all industries, employees struggle with a lack of job satisfaction, well-being, incivility, and burnout. Dr. Adrienne Boissy, Quartz, 20 Dec. 2022 And at a time when public incivility appears to be rising, some have wondered whether cameras are part of the problem. Blake Nelsonstaff Reporter, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Jan. 2023 Obama’s posts had an average incivility score of 13.4, which remained fairly steady over his two terms. Melanie Masonstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2022 The nastiness and incivility that can ensue has been a big turnoff for many onetime blog readers. Chris Mooney, Discover Magazine, 22 Feb. 2011 Between 2009 and 2019, incivility on Twitter by senators and representatives increased by 23%, according to a 2022 study published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science. Kara Alaimo, CNN, 15 Nov. 2022 Researchers in 2020 studying 414 Iranian bank employees found that workaholic behavior (such as perfectionism and work addiction) strongly predicted workplace incivility (such as hostility, privacy invasion, exclusionary behavior, and gossiping). Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 13 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle French incivilité, from Late Latin incivilitat-, incivilitas, from incivilis, from Latin in- + civilis civil

First Known Use

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of incivility was in 1584

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Cite this Entry

“Incivility.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/incivility. Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

incivility

noun
in·​ci·​vil·​i·​ty ˌin(t)-sə-ˈvil-ət-ē How to pronounce incivility (audio)
plural incivilities
1
: the quality or state of being impolite
2
: a rude or discourteous act
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