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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality or condition of being uncivil.
  • n. An uncivil or discourteous act.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality or state of being uncivil; want of courtesy; rudeness of manner; impoliteness.
  • n. Any act of rudeness or ill breeding.
  • n. Want of civilization; a state of rudeness or barbarism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being uncivil; lack of courtesy; rudeness of manner; impoliteness.
  • n. Any act of rudeness or ill breeding.
  • n. Lack of civilization; a state of rudeness or barbarism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Lack of civilization; an uncivilized condition.
  • n. Lack of civility or courtesy; rudeness of manner toward others; impoliteness.
  • n. An act of rudeness or ill breeding.
  • n. Synonyms Disrespect, unmannerliness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. deliberate discourtesy

Etymologies

From Late Latin incivilitas ("incivility"), from Latin incivilis ("impolite, uncivil"), from in- ("privative") + civilis ("belonging to a citizen, civic, political, urbane, courteous, civil"), from civis ("a citizen"). (Wiktionary)

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