incivility

noun
in·ci·vil·i·ty | \ˌin(t)-sə-ˈvi-lə-tē \

Definition of incivility 

1 : the quality or state of being uncivil

2 : a rude or discourteous act

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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.

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The left-wing incivility has been around before Donald Trump and around for a while. Fox News, "Watters' Words: The uncivil left," 1 July 2018 The allegation that contemporary activists expressing ardently peaceful dissatisfaction with the precarious state of American democracy are promoting violence, incivility or worse is a long-running tactic used to stifle change. Peniel E. Joseph, Washington Post, "America’s nonviolent civil rights movement was considered uncivil by critics at the time," 4 July 2018 Civility starts at the top — and Trump’s behavior only encourages both his allies and foes to use the same kind of incivility against each other. Chuck Todd, NBC News, "Why the Indiana Senate race might actually be the best midterm bellwether in the country," 25 June 2018 But if the choice is between two brands of incivility, the Democratic version generally loses. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Teeing Off on Trump," 27 June 2018 The position Axelrod espouses here typically goes like this: Trump relishes incivility, and by stooping to his level, good and decent people will further deepen the chasm that threatens to divide this country on a permanent basis. Jay Willis, GQ, "Public Shaming Is Powerful," 25 June 2018 Activists on the left responded that Trump is a champion of incivility. Anthony Man, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Fort Lauderdale mayor favors in-your-face confrontation of Trump officials," 3 July 2018 But if Lukensmeyer is right, then one of the challenges of any attempt to spread civility far and wide will be in maintaining the critical distinction between civil disobedience and incivility. Nestor Ramos, BostonGlobe.com, "A year ago I wrote about a national push for civility. So, how’s that going?," 28 June 2018 And this kind of incivility is fine for liberals who think that the government has to regulate every part of social, cultural and civic life. Fox News, "Gov. Rauner: I'm concerned about a tariff war," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of incivility

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for incivility

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

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incivility

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English Language Learners Definition of incivility

: a rude or impolite attitude or behavior : lack of civility

: a rude or impolite act

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