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

Other Words from uncivil

uncivilly \ ˌən-​ˈsi-​və-​lē How to pronounce uncivil (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 There were also protests and uncivil unrest that resulted in damages to more than 80 businesses. Alexandria Burris, The Indianapolis Star, 29 Apr. 2022 The average congressional tweets were not especially uncivil, with relatively low scores. Melanie Masonstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2022 As recalled by Judith Lapierre, who was the lone woman participant in a 1999 isolation experiment in Moscow intended to simulate space-station living, matters can become uncivil quite quickly. John Anderson, WSJ, 8 Mar. 2022 The result has been a most uncivil war, not fought over ideology, but over loyalty to the former president; not over public policy or economic solutions, but about who can serve as the most unbending conduit of the Republican base’s profound anger. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 18 Feb. 2022 But the scope, nature and tactics of such protests are escalating, becoming increasingly uncivil and more aggressive around the world. Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2022 This is the fellow, after all, who declared personnel war on uncivil behavior in the White House ranks. Washington Post, 24 Jan. 2022 But when that was pointed out, the people who pointed it out were accused of being uncivil or polarizing or offensive. Michael Tomasky, The New Republic, 2 Dec. 2021 Cropper is also worried about the consequences of uncivil behavior of angry adults crowding school board meetings to challenge policies. cleveland, 7 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of uncivil

1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 May 2022

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“Uncivil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncivil. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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