discourtesy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n discourtesy a lack of politeness; a failure to show regard for others; wounding the feelings or others
    • n discourtesy a manner that is rude and insulting
    • n discourtesy an expression of lack of respect
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Discourtesy Rudeness of behavior or language; ill manners; manifestation of disrespect; incivility. "Be calm in arguing; for fierceness makes
      Error a fault, and truth discourtesy ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n discourtesy Incivility; rudeness of behavior or language; ill manners.
    • n discourtesy An act of disrespect or incivility.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. dis-, + courtesy,: cf. OF. descourtoisie,

Usage

In literature:

Mr. Adams had no reason to complain of official discourtesy.
"A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century" by Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
Without being guilty of any discourtesy, you contrived to make me feel that I was abhorrent.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
Forgive us the discourtesy, I pray you.
"Robin Hood" by Paul Creswick
The keenest argument, therefore, could not betray him into the least discourtesy.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
It was equally impossible to return them without flagrant discourtesy or to retire with any dignity.
"Thurston of Orchard Valley" by Harold Bindloss
Besides, it would have been a discourtesy to refuse.
"The Soul of a People" by H. Fielding
Whatever my friend Don Luis may consider you, he could not be guilty of such a discourtesy.
"The Spanish Jade" by Maurice Hewlett
No woman received any discourtesy.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
Explain that it is no intentional discourtesy, but a simple necessity.
"Angelot" by Eleanor Price
The Judge was loath to show any open discourtesy to the Bishop.
"The Shepherd of the North" by Richard Aumerle Maher
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In poetry:

Be calm in arguing: for fiercenesse makes
Errour a fault and truth discourtesie.
Why should I feel another man's mistakes
More than his sicknesses or povertie?
In love I should : but anger is not love,
Nor wisdome neither; therefore gently move.
"The Church-Porch. Perirrhanterium" by George Herbert

In news:

Cellphone discourtesy defeats host's planning.
Lady Snark 's Guide to Common Discourtesy.
All Blogs PageViews The Dark Side of Manners: Lady Snark 's Guide to Common Discourtesy.
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