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
Recent Examples on the Web The pandemic has increased rudeness at work, as a recent study from Portland State University shows. Aliza Knox, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 The rudeness and ill manners have spilled over into the workplace, job search and interviewing process. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 And here are their responses: · Sixty-seven percent would leave due to rudeness or apathy from a company or employee. Shep Hyken, Forbes, 26 Sep. 2021 Kindness won’t fix AI’s shortcomings any more than rudeness will send it into a dystopian spiral. Brian Barrett, Wired, 24 July 2021 From simple rudeness to racial discrimination or harassment, this behavior comes in many different forms. Yulia Koroleva, Forbes, 7 July 2021 This was not rudeness disguised as patriotism, as is often the case in the president’s preferred chants. Monica Hesse, Washington Post, 25 Sep. 2020 Drivers' rudeness was determined based on failure to yield violations, failure to stop violations, improper backing, passing where prohibited, tailgating, street racing, and hit-and-runs. Sarah Brookbank, The Enquirer, 8 June 2021 Everyone is human, and kindness goes a lot further than rudeness. Melissa Houston, Forbes, 2 June 2021

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First Known Use of rudeness

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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24 Oct 2021

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“Rudeness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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