in·​ci·​vil·​i·​ty | \ ˌin(t)-sə-ˈvi-lə-tē How to pronounce incivility (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Research indicates that disrespect and incivility are on the rise. Gregg Ward, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 But in a time of such polarization, incivility and institutional collapse, who can believe public polls? Steve Lopez Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 11 Sep. 2021 Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, the first Japanese American elected to the O.C. Board of Supervisors, sees the growing incivility as a manifestation of the frustration and despair that some people have experienced during the pandemic. Los Angeles Times, 25 Aug. 2021 The demands of diversity, equity and inclusion, a more hybrid workplace and an era of incivility look to rock the workforce challenges for human resources. John M. O'connor, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 Muir highlights that male leaders are important role models to other men, so need to set a good example and recognize inclusive behaviors while calling out incivility. Joy Burnford, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Hatred, division, and incivility, that poses a significant problem to the United States, our credibility long-term. Carly Roman, Washington Examiner, 13 Jan. 2021 Keeping our eyes trained on the middle will be even more important during the maelstrom of hot takes, incivility and anger that will follow Facebook's decision about Trump. Christopher A. Bail, CNN, 4 May 2021 Labels and insults based on intelligence and mental illness also add more pointless rancor and incivility to our politics and public discourse. Andrew Pulrang, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2021

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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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The first known use of incivility was in 1584

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19 Sep 2021

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“Incivility.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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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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