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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Uncivil \Un*civ"il\, a.

  1. Not civilized; savage; barbarous; uncivilized.

    Men can not enjoy the rights of an uncivil and of a civil state together.

  2. Not civil; not complaisant; discourteous; impolite; rude; unpolished; as, uncivil behavior.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1550s, "barbarous," from un- (1) "not" + civil (adj.). Meaning "impolite" is 1590s.


a. 1 Not civilized; savage; barbarous; uncivilized. 2 Not civil; not complaisant; discourteous; impolite; rude; unpolished; as, uncivil behavior.


adj. lacking civility or good manners; "want nothing from you but to get away from your uncivil tongue"- Willa Cather [syn: rude] [ant: civil]

Usage examples of "uncivil".

Most of our Worcester acquaintance will however understand what is meant by this allusion to one of the pleasantest fellows that ever commanded the uncivil customers in the Castle, since the time of the civil wars.

Also, characteristically Adams was thinking of his son John Quincy, and the rough treatment he was receiving from an uncivil Congress.

Maybe he was marching some new recruits to toughen the bastards, not that the skinny little brutes needed any toughening, but it was uncivil of Sullivan not to warn Crosby of his coming.

Dost think, because you have seen some great ladies rude and uncivil to persons below them, that none of them know how to behave themselves when they come before their inferiors?

I daresay the Rutlands, and their set, may have been very agreeable, but I did not like to see you so uncivil to poor Barny Warboys.

He doesn't flirt with her, and he seems to say detestably uncivil things to her, but if he isn't trying to fix his interests with her, I cannot help wondering why he has remained in Bath for so long.

The ladies of the place, jealous of the Sappho of Saint-Satur, were wont to walk on the Mall, looking down this Longchamp of the bigwigs, whom they would stop and engage in conversation--sometimes the Sous-prefet and sometimes the Public Prosecutor--and who would listen with every sign of impatience or uncivil absence of mind.

It were a most Unchristian and uncivil, yea a most unreasonable thing to imagine that the Fitt's of the Young Woman were but meer Impostures: And I believe scarce any, but People of a particular Dirtiness, will harbour such an Uncharitable Censure.

But Sorcha shall have, to answer your uncivil question, anything she wishes that 1 am able to bestow: a title, precedence and position at Court, a maenor and a diichas wherever she will.

The municipal corporations of that universal kingdom are not morally at liberty at their pleasure, and on their speculations of a contingent improvement, wholly to separate and tear asunder the bands of their subordinate community and to dissolve it into an unsocial, uncivil, unconnected chaos of elementary principles.

Jack expected to have his head scimitared off merely for being in the general vicinity of this uncivil Spaniard, but all the victims of his jabs and insults grinned and laughed the moment they recognized him, and then derived all manner of entertainment from watching him assail whomever stood in his path next.

His English was exact and uncolloquial, his choice of words often sharp and uncivil, and he was famous for his use of a vituperative tongue in public.