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
But viciousness and incivility are legitimate features of America’s free speech tradition.
Well, and think about all the ads that are run by the very people who are denouncing all of the incivility in Washington, only 20% of all ads run are positive ads.
If that behavior were to become more commonplace, the type of incivility that often leads to violence would find little place to flourish.
The blame for Wednesday’s shooting rests entirely on the shooter, not on either side’s incivility.
And critics fear that the president’s own contributions to incivility are further eroding what norms do exist.
In an effort to curb the tide of incivility, the National Institute for Civil Discourse launched its Revive Civility and Respect Campaign.
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.
Appeared in the May. 17, 2017, print edition as 'The Incivility in the Air.'
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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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