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

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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

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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 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

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First Known Use of uncivil

1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of uncivil

: rude or impolite


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