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"Descortés" is an adjective which is often translated as "rude", and "maleducado" is an adjective which is also often translated as "rude". Learn more about the difference between "descortés" and "maleducado" below.
descortés(
dehs
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kohr
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tehs
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (disrespectful)
a. rude
Los comensales fueron descorteses y trataron a los meseros como sirvientes.The dinner guests were rude and treated the waiters like servants.
b. impolite
No quiero sonar descortés, pero no necesito tus consejos.I don't want to sound impolite, but I don't need your advice.
c. ill-mannered
Fue descortés de tu parte no haberle agradecido a Carlos por su ayuda.It was ill-mannered of you not to thank Carlos for his help.
d. discourteous
El niño malcriado fue descortés con sus abuelos.The spoiled child was discourteous towards his grandparents.
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maleducado(
mah
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leh
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doo
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kah
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doh
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (ill-mannered)
a. rude
¡No seas maleducado! Ve a saludar a tu tía.Don't be rude! Go and say hello to your aunt.
b. bad-mannered
Su hija es una niña maleducada quien nunca dice "por favor."Their daughter is a very bad-mannered girl who never says "please."
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
2. (rude person)
a. rude man (masculine)
Ese maleducado podría ceder su asiento a la anciana que va de pie.That rude man could give up his seat to the old lady who's standing.
b. rude woman (feminine)
La recepcionista es una maleducada sin ganas de ayudar.The receptionist is a rude woman with no desire to be helpful.
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