rude·​ness ˈrüd-nəs How to pronounce rudeness (audio)
: the quality or state of being rude
: a rude action

Example Sentences

such rudeness will not be tolerated in this office the rudeness of frontier life gradually diminished with time
Recent Examples on the Web There’s no bad breath or rudeness in sight, and the chemistry is clearly there. Orianna Rosa Royle, Fortune, 30 Jan. 2023 If another passenger does show up, there’s no need to swap seats and no rudeness in talking over them. Christopher Muther,, 19 Jan. 2023 Leaving is the best solution to such public rudeness. Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 17 Jan. 2023 The researchers also tested whether rudeness toward men obscures gender bias, the report said. Dallas News, 26 Apr. 2022 Quickly blanching the arugula tamed some of its rudeness, then pistachios, Parmesan, and olive oil took care of the rest. The Bon Appétit Staff & Contributors, Bon Appétit, 7 Oct. 2022 In spite of Margaret’s occasional rudeness, Anne was much devoted to the princess, and believed she was unfairly maligned. Wsj Books Staff, WSJ, 13 Sep. 2022 The bigger shift in recent years might be that rudeness has become less costly. Callum Borchers, WSJ, 8 Sep. 2022 Reading someone’s diary might just be the pinnacle of rudeness. Sarah Schutte, National Review, 21 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rudeness was in the 15th century

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“Rudeness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

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