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[im-puh-lahyt] /ˌɪm pəˈlaɪt/

not polite or courteous; discourteous; rude:
an impolite reply.
discourteous; rude; uncivil

1610s, “unrefined, rough,” from Latin impolitus “unpolished, rough, unrefined,” from assimilated form of in- “not, opposite of” (see in- (1)) + politus “polished” (see polite). Sense of “discourteous, ill-mannered” is from 1739. Related: Impolitely; impoliteness.


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