Incivility In`ci*vil"i*ty, n.; pl. {Incivilities}. [L. incivilitas: cf. F. incivilit['e].] [1913 Webster] 1. The quality or state of being uncivil; lack of courtesy; rudeness of manner; impoliteness. --Shak. Tillotson. [1913 Webster]

2. Any act of rudeness or ill breeding. [1913 Webster]

Uncomely jests, loud talking and jeering, which, in civil account, are called indecencies and incivilities. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

3. Lack of civilization; a state of rudeness or barbarism. [R.] --Sir W. Raleigh.

Syn: Impoliteness; uncourteousness; unmannerliness; disrespect; rudeness; discourtesy. [1913 Webster]

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