uncivil

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj uncivil lacking civility or good manners "want nothing from you but to get away from your uncivil tongue"- Willa Cather"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Uncivil Not civil; not complaisant; discourteous; impolite; rude; unpolished; as, uncivil behavior.
    • Uncivil Not civilized; savage; barbarous; uncivilized. "Men can not enjoy the rights of an uncivil and of a civil state together."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • uncivil Not civil. Not pertaining to a settled government or settled state of society; not civilized; barbarous; savage; hence, not exhibiting refinement; unacquainted with the customs and manners of good society.
    • uncivil Not courteous; ill-mannered; rude; coarse: as, an uncivil answer; an uncivil fellow.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Uncivil un-siv′il not civil or courteous, rude:
    • adj Uncivil un-siv′il (Spens.) not civilised, wild
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Quotations

  • Cyril Connolly
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    “The civilized are those who get more out of life than the uncivilized, and for this we are not likely to be forgiven.”
  • Georg Hegel
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    “Once the state has been founded, there can no longer be any heroes. They come on the scene only in uncivilized conditions.”

Usage

In literature:

With a change of mind, I landed thousands of miles further north into the interior of uncivilized Africa, the home of wild beasts.
"Born Again" by Alfred Lawson
You have told me that I was uncivil.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
As it is, Mr. Wayne, I don't want to say a word that's uncivil.
"The Napoleon of Notting Hill" by Gilbert K. Chesterton
He was, for the first time, a most uncivil engineer.
"Jane Journeys On" by Ruth Comfort Mitchell
Our reception, while not uncivil, was certainly frigid, and we had expected nothing more cordial from those who called us their enemies.
"'Three Score Years and Ten'" by Charlotte Ouisconsin Van Cleve
I didn't mean anything uncivil.
"Marriage à la mode" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
If he does, I would like to interview him, uncivil as he is.
"Young Captain Jack" by Horatio Alger and Arthur M. Winfield
It showed uncivil beside the major's urbanity.
"The Coast of Chance" by Esther Chamberlain
A return to the world meant going back to the uncivilized rush of civilization.
"The Master-Knot of Human Fate" by Ellis Meredith
He was the most uncivil fellow that we have yet seen in Europe.
"Young Americans Abroad" by Various
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In poetry:

So to escape too many friends,
Without uncivil strife,
She ran to the Atlantic pond
And paddled for her life.
"The Lay Of A Golden Goose" by Louisa May Alcott
"Great Squire, if it isn't uncivil
To hint at starvation before you,
Look down on a poor hungry devil,
And give him some bread, I implore you!"
"Cotton and Corn" by Thomas Moore
In such a sweltering day as this
A knapsack is the devil!
And if on t'other side I sat
It would not only spoil our chat
But make me seem uncivil.
"The Cross Roads" by Robert Southey

In news:

Occupy Denver's actions at the vigil to honor the homeless were downright uncivil and disrespectful.
He's used to uncivil people who expect to find something in their mailbox and then don't.
Our new Lexington worries about the consequences of uncivil politics in a civil country.
Civil-unions battle uncivil in Colo.
Who says PBS is uncivil .
They shouted profanities, interrupted the speaker and were downright uncivil and disrespectful.
Alex Bellink, flickr Uncivil -Behavior-300x2251.
Civic education in uncivil times.
Public discourse takes an uncivil turn.
Uncivil Airing Snarls Dress Debate.
Ford's Revives A 'Shenandoah' For Uncivil Times.
The Calming Voice of Civility In Uncivil Times.
Iran under threat by ' uncivilized Zionists.
Ahmadinejad tells UN ' uncivilized Zionists' are threat to Iran.
Are Eureka politics taking the same uncivil tone as Washington.
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