un·​civ·​il | \ ˌən-ˈsi-vəl How to pronounce uncivil (audio) \

Definition of uncivil

1 : not civilized : barbarous
2 : lacking in courtesy : ill-mannered, impolite uncivil remarks
3 : not conducive to civic harmony and welfare

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uncivilly \ ˌən-​ˈsi-​və-​lē How to pronounce uncivilly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of uncivil in a Sentence

the uncivil and wild land that the pioneers tamed and settled such uncivil behavior will not be tolerated
Recent Examples on the Web And let’s be frank: Some of these conversations are uncivil, even downright nasty at times. oregonlive, "OregonLive eliminates comments, joining other media organizations," 29 Dec. 2019 This was no Civil Conflict; this was an uncivil seal-clubbing. Mike Bianchi, orlandosentinel.com, "After UCF annihilation of UConn, fans should never forget winning conference is what matters most | Commentary," 28 Sep. 2019 And if some of that comes across as a little uncivil, well, children's lives are at stake. Fox News, "Democrats' new rallying cry: 'Abolish ICE'," 30 June 2018 But, come on, voters already have ample reason to reject this guy, starting with his uncivil behavior. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Requiring Trump’s tax returns under California election law is just plain petty politics," 15 Aug. 2019 And then to move further to the left because of one election that occurred in one Congressional district now, to encourage uncivil disobedience. Fox News, "Nunes tightens screws in his probe into surveillance abuses," 3 July 2018 The local effort will be focused on encouraging considerate conduct among county residents and reducing bullying and other uncivil actions towards others, particularly on social media, the two leaders explain in a promotional video. Aegis Staff Report, The Aegis, "Harford County is launching a local Choose Civility campaign," 21 June 2018 Now, says Mercieca, those in power are often the most uncivil. Ashley Merryman, Washington Post, "President Trump’s worst behaviors can infect us all just like the flu, according to science.," 29 Mar. 2018 In their minds, this justifies their uncivil behavior. Fox News, "Watters' Words: The uncivil left," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of uncivil

1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Uncivil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncivil. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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formal : rude or impolite


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