Discourtesy is acting in a rude or thoughtless way. If you yell orders at your restaurant server and leave him a small tip, you're treating him with extreme discourtesy.

The noun discourtesy is a formal way to say "rudeness" or "disrespect." Cutting in line, interrupting others, chewing with your mouth wide open, being late for an important meeting — these are all examples of discourtesy. Courtesy means "elegance of manners" or "politeness," from a root meaning "courtly manners." When you add the prefix dis-, "the opposite of," you get discourtesy.

Definitions of discourtesy

n a lack of politeness; a failure to show regard for others; wounding the feelings or others

offence, offense, offensive activity
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derision, ridicule
the act of deriding or treating with contempt
an impolite act or expression
an offensive disrespectful impudent act
affront, insult
a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect
a kind of discourtesy in the form of an act of presuming
rebuff, slight
a deliberate discourteous act (usually as an expression of anger or disapproval)
the act of mocking or ridiculing
an affront to one's dignity or self-esteem
outrage, scandalisation, scandalization
the act of scandalizing
cold shoulder, cut, snub
a refusal to recognize someone you know
silent treatment
an aloof refusal to speak to someone you know
Type of:
behavior, behaviour, conduct, doings
manner of acting or controlling yourself

n a manner that is rude and insulting

courtesy, good manners
a courteous manner
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the manner of a rude or insensitive person
a discourteous manner that ignores accepted social usage
an offensive lack of good manners
deliberate discourtesy
abruptness, brusqueness, curtness, gruffness, shortness
an abrupt discourteous manner
contempt, disrespect
a manner that is generally disrespectful and contemptuous
cheekiness, crust, freshness, gall, impertinence, impudence, insolence
the trait of being rude and impertinent; inclined to take liberties
bad manners, ill-breeding
impoliteness resulting from ignorance
crudeness, crudity, gaucheness
an impolite manner that is vulgar and lacking tact or refinement
chutzpa, chutzpah, hutzpah
(Yiddish) unbelievable gall; insolence; audacity
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manner, personal manner
a way of acting or behaving

n an expression of lack of respect

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abuse, contumely, insult, revilement, vilification
a rude expression intended to offend or hurt
contemptuous laughter
language or behavior intended to mock or humiliate
contempt, scorn
open disrespect for a person or thing
depreciation, derogation, disparagement
a communication that belittles somebody or something
cheek, impertinence, impudence
an impudent statement
blasphemous language (expressing disrespect for God or for something sacred)
contempt expressed by mockery in looks or words
jeer, jeering, mockery, scoff, scoffing
showing your contempt by derision
leer, sneer
a facial expression of contempt or scorn; the upper lip curls
a contemptuous or scornful remark
put-down, squelch, squelcher, takedown
a crushing remark
befooling, stultification
derision of someone or something as foolish or absurd or inconsistent
cold water
disparagement of a plan or hope or expectation
belittling, denigration
a belittling comment
aspersion, slur
a disparaging remark
detraction, petty criticism
a petty disparagement
sour grapes
disparagement of something that is unattainable
condescension, disdain, patronage
a communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient
calumniation, calumny, defamation, hatchet job, obloquy, traducement
a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions
low blow
unscrupulous abuse
billingsgate, scurrility
foul-mouthed or obscene abuse
cut, stinger
a remark capable of wounding mentally
invective, vitriol, vituperation
abusive or venomous language used to express blame or censure or bitter deep-seated ill will
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content, message, subject matter, substance
what a communication that is about something is about

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