Definition of incivility
1 : the quality or state of being uncivil
2 : a rude or discourteous act
Examples of incivility in a Sentence
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 of incivility from the Web
In Turin and Milan and Tuscany, where talking down about Roman incivility is a tradition going back at least to the Etruscans, the disgust with the capital’s reduced state was expected.
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Origin and Etymology of incivility
Middle French incivilité, from Late Latin incivilitat-, incivilitas, from incivilis, from Latin in- + civilis civil
First Known Use: 1584See Words from the same year
INCIVILITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of incivility for English Language Learners
: a rude or impolite attitude or behavior : lack of civility
: a rude or impolite act
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