uncivil

adjective
un·civ·il | \ ˌən-ˈsi-vəl \

Definition of uncivil 

1 : not civilized : barbarous

2 : lacking in courtesy : ill-mannered, impolite uncivil remarks

3 : not conducive to civic harmony and welfare

Keep scrolling for more

Other words from uncivil

uncivilly \ˌən-ˈsi-və-lē \ 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

In their minds, this justifies their uncivil behavior. Fox News, "Watters' Words: The uncivil left," 1 July 2018 Rosa Parks’s refusal to give up her seat on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Ala., could certainly be defined as uncivil behavior. Peniel E. Joseph, Washington Post, "America’s nonviolent civil rights movement was considered uncivil by critics at the time," 4 July 2018 What is more uncivil and cruel than taking children away? Fox News, "Democrats' new rallying cry: 'Abolish ICE'," 30 June 2018 For a time, the whole nation embraced its uncivil face. Peniel E. Joseph, Washington Post, "America’s nonviolent civil rights movement was considered uncivil by critics at the time," 4 July 2018 The expressions of protest are an answer to decidedly uncivil policies. refinery29.com, "A Woman Confronted EPA Head Scott Pruitt In A Restaurant While Holding Her Baby," 3 July 2018 On the mornings when those videos included an uncivil interaction, the workers were more likely to interpret subsequent interactions throughout their day as rude. William Wan, chicagotribune.com, "We often fight rudeness with rudeness. And it can be contagious, research shows," 27 June 2018 Protesting vociferously and tirelessly against inhumanity and injustice is not uncivil. Nestor Ramos, BostonGlobe.com, "A year ago I wrote about a national push for civility. So, how’s that going?," 28 June 2018 Other studies also suggest incivility by top brass - whether immediate supervisors or CEOs - has an outsized influence on the uncivil behavior of those below them. William Wan, chicagotribune.com, "We often fight rudeness with rudeness. And it can be contagious, research shows," 27 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'uncivil.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of uncivil

1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about uncivil

Statistics for uncivil

Last Updated

12 Aug 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for uncivil

The first known use of uncivil was in 1553

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for uncivil

uncivil

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of uncivil

: rude or impolite

uncivil

adjective
un·civ·il | \ ˌən-ˈsi-vəl \

Kids Definition of uncivil

More from Merriam-Webster on uncivil

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for uncivil

Comments on uncivil

What made you want to look up uncivil? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to make amends

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!