from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Lack of polish; want of refinement; coarseness, as of a style of writing.
  • noun Impoliteness.


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  • I have just carried unpoliteness far enough to make her afraid of me; and to shew her, that I am no whiner.

    Clarissa Harlowe 2006

  • You have always joined with me in remarking, that he will speak his mind with freedom, even to a degree of unpoliteness sometimes; and that his very treatment of my family is a proof that he cannot make

    Clarissa Harlowe 2006

  • This form of unpoliteness has been adopted from the English, and it is as little worthy of imitation as the form of their government.

    The Laws of Etiquette Unknown

  • Then you 'scuse yourself to nod kees me, account thad augustly unpoliteness for American gendleman.

    The Pot of Paint 1902

  • All the memories of those six months of deceit, of broken pledges, of unnecessary humiliations, of petty unpoliteness from a half-educated, half-bred, conceited, and arrogant people fell from us like a heavy knapsack.

    Notes of a War Correspondent Richard Harding Davis 1890

  • Friday knocked up by yours and the Earl's unpoliteness, to send gentlemen to sea instead of dancing with white gloves.

    The Life of Nelson, Volume 2 (of 2) The Embodiment of the Sea Power of Great Britain 1877

  • England is so little loved, and contrasts the unpoliteness of Earl

    Foreign and Colonial Intelligence 1863

  • What passes by the name of "Etiquette" is often of the essence of unpoliteness and untruthfulness.

    Character Samuel Smiles 1858

  • 'I'm very sorry for it, aunt, and I tell you fairly -- and there's no unpoliteness in the confession -- that when I asked for my leave, Kilgobbin

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles James Lever 1839

  • He was not to be dissuaded from his purpose, though the ladies would have absolved him from all unpoliteness, and even requested him to accompany the skaters.

    The Child of Mystery 1808


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