crim. law. An impolite action; contrary to the usual
rules observed in society, committed by one person against another.
2. This is a relative term which it is difficult to define: those acts
which one friend might do to another, could not be justified by persons
altogether unacquainted persons moving in polished society could not be
permitted to do to each other, what boatmen, hostlers, and such persons might
perhaps justify. 2 Hagg. Eccl. R. 73. An act done by a gentleman towards a lady
might be considered rudeness, whicb, if done by one gentleman to another might
not be looked upon in that light. Russ. & Ry. 130.
3. A person who touches another with rudeness is guilty of a battery.
Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition