rude·​ness | \ ˈrüd-nəs How to pronounce rudeness (audio) \

Definition of rudeness

1 : the quality or state of being rude
2 : a rude action

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Examples of rudeness in a Sentence

such rudeness will not be tolerated in this office the rudeness of frontier life gradually diminished with time

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Apparently rudeness to children is now a badge of courage. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "How to Re-Elect Trump," 24 June 2018 And new research from the Harvard Business Review shows victims of rudeness are the ones being blamed. CBS News, "What managers should do about rudeness in the workplace," 2 Aug. 2019 This conflict can lead to aggression, surliness and rudeness. Meghan Leahy, Washington Post, "How do my boyfriend and I introduce each other to our kids?," 19 June 2019 Pelvic floor dysfunction can also manifest as difficulty fully emptying your bladder (this is known as urinary retention) or rectum (the rudeness that is constipation). Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "What to Know About Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Your Pelvic Floor," 10 May 2019 Mounting research shows rudeness can cause employees to be chronically distracted, less productive and less creative. William Wan,, "We often fight rudeness with rudeness. And it can be contagious, research shows," 27 June 2018 Starting in the 1990s, Dr. Forni amassed an archive of articles on civil behavior and rudeness. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Italian-Born Professor Strove to Make Americans Kinder and More Considerate," 28 Dec. 2018 Surely the proposition that Mr. Trump has a monopoly on rudeness and incivility took a beating from the antics of Sen. Cory Booker. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "Playing the Civility Card," 10 Sep. 2018 His edges may be tougher than some of his country singing peers, but his bad boy apathy was synonymous with rudeness. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Best and worst of Summerfest Day 10: Kip Moore, Jonathan Davis of Korn, Phantogram & more," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of rudeness

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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