rude·​ness | \ ˈrüd-nəs \

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

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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 Researchers have struggled in vain to come up with ways to stop the spreading effects of rudeness. William Wan,, "We often fight rudeness with rudeness. And it can be contagious, research shows," 27 June 2018 Local organizations are welcome to join the Harford County chapter, which will offer community events and activities, along with practical ways to overcome bullying and rudeness in everyday situations, including social media. Aegis Staff Report, The Aegis, "Harford County is launching a local Choose Civility campaign," 21 June 2018 The magazine released the results of their annual America's Favorite Places survey—a reader poll that ranks cities and towns on a number of categories, including rudeness—earlier this month. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Miami Named Rudest City in America," 6 July 2016 Delos’s security squad finally arrived—via private-military types showing yet greater amounts of rudeness than the show has already ascribed to such characters—just as Dolores’s team’s train made it to the edge of the park, with a boom. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Westworld: From Cradle to Grave," 28 May 2018 The place has long been famous as a company where frankness borders on rudeness. Geoff Colvin, Fortune, "What the Hell Happened at GE?," 24 May 2018 This might seem like a damning verdict on human nature, or evidence of a global pandemic of rudeness. Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, "Think You Always Say Thank You? Oh, Please," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of rudeness

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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