Definition of discourtesy in English:

discourtesy

noun

mass noun
  • 1Rude and inconsiderate behaviour.

    ‘he was able to discourage visitors without obvious discourtesy’
    • ‘We have known each other long enough that you will forgive me this discourtesy.’
    • ‘I apologise for that and I intend him no discourtesy.’
    • ‘This is not the only example of discourtesy that I have noticed while taking transit.’
    • ‘For my discourtesy, I offer you three books of your choosing.’
    • ‘Over 60% of complaints relate to alleged abuse of authority, while one-fifth related to claims of discourtesy.’
    • ‘To disrespect the law of a host country, or a country in which one perceives oneself as exotic, even though it might be one's native country, is the ultimate in discourtesy and bad taste.’
    • ‘This was not only gross discourtesy - it verged on criminal irresponsibility.’
    • ‘Driving to work this morning I saw several incidences of bad driving and plain old discourtesy on the road.’
    • ‘The truly great debaters and wordsmiths never resort to cheap discourtesy as a way to make a point and their arguments were stronger for it.’
    • ‘However, what is apparent is the increasing discourtesy of some drivers.’
    • ‘Billy snarked, with a little too much discourtesy to be entirely joking.’
    • ‘I have had enough of this discourtesy and cavalier behaviour.’
    • ‘You just might get thrown into the dungeons for your discourtesy.’
    • ‘Judges have been admonished or reprimanded for such behaviour as racist language, sexual harassment, discourtesy in court, delays in delivering judgments and drink driving.’
    • ‘These misconceptions have come not from people whose intentions include malice or discourtesy but from friends who are simply curious.’
    • ‘And as society is growing more self-obsessed, so discourtesy is increasing.’
    • ‘The host of the dinner party sent my wife a wonderful bouquet of flowers and a card apologising for the grave discourtesy of a fellow guest.’
    • ‘He is extremely embarrassed by the incident and regrets any discourtesy.’
    • ‘There has been no hint of discourtesy, a trait which seems alien to her character.’
    • ‘Disregard of speed limits, failure to recognise hazardous weather and traffic conditions, lack of forward observations and widespread discourtesy are but a few examples.’
    rudeness, impoliteness, ill manners, lack of manners, bad manners, ill-manneredness, lack of civility, incivility, disrespect, disrespectfulness, unmannerliness, ungentlemanly behaviour, ungraciousness, churlishness, boorishness, ill breeding, uncouthness, crassness
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    1. 1.1count noun An impolite act or remark.
      ‘the fact that MPs were not kept informed was an extraordinary discourtesy’
      • ‘Their time would be well spent on real distractors and discourtesies, like this one, things that really do get in the way of understanding.’
      • ‘And if the company fails to honour the promise of its timetable, that is a discourtesy in itself.’
      • ‘Even his decision to attend the Pope's funeral when it clashed with the wedding of his future sovereign has been interpreted by some as a discourtesy.’
      • ‘The discourtesies extended to the collector by the newspapers were not only uncivil but also irrelevant.’
      • ‘One step behind, she repairs all of her husband's discourtesies, smiling hello, shaking hands.’
      • ‘Given that the corporation is required by law to designate an agent, and to post the agent's name conspicuously on its premises, I see it as a discourtesy when a reasonably senior person in the company refuses to provide it.’
      • ‘If invited to someone's house for dinner, lateness (over 10 minutes) is seen as a discourtesy.’
      • ‘When the feasts start the guests are expected not to stand up during the feasting because this is considered a discourtesy to the host.’
      • ‘Expressing disagreement is not a discourtesy.’
      • ‘This is not just a discourtesy but is, I believe, a fundamental breach of any Olympian's right to determine how his or her name and image is used for promotional purposes.’
      • ‘It was a discourtesy that rankled deeply with him; not until after the publication of his own account and charts was the injustice corrected.’
      • ‘That is a discourtesy to the Tribunal and it is also a great inconvenience to the Respondents who have come here today prepared to deal with the case at length.’
      • ‘I stared back at him unabashedly, too surprised to think that to do so was a gross discourtesy to someone of his rank.’
      • ‘But the government and the cell phone industry owe it to us to protect us from the dangers and discourtesies that these wonder gadgets have generated.’
      • ‘If the meeting is in Scotland I hope the First Minister is invited, it would be a discourtesy if he isn't, and after all he is a Privy Councillor.’

Pronunciation

discourtesy

/dɪsˈkəːtəsi/