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awakening  

  ( awakenings    plural  )
1       n-count   The awakening of a feeling or realization is the start of it.  
usu sing, with supp  
...the awakening of national consciousness in people.     
2    If you have a rude awakening, you are suddenly made aware of an unpleasant fact.  
rude awakening             phrase  
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rude     ( ruder    comparative)   ( rudest    superlative  )
1       adj   When people are rude, they act in an impolite way towards other people or say impolite things about them.  
oft ADJ to/about n     (Antonym: polite)    He's rude to her friends and obsessively jealous...     
  rudely      adv   usu ADV with v  
I could not understand why she felt compelled to behave so rudely to a friend.     
  rudeness      n-uncount   oft with poss  
She was angry at Steve's rudeness, but I could forgive it.     
2       adj   Rude is used to describe words and behaviour that are likely to embarrass or offend people, because they relate to sex or to body functions.  
  (mainly BRIT)   usu ADJ n   (=obscene)  
Fred keeps cracking rude jokes with the guests...     
in AM, usually use dirty     
3       adj   If someone receives a rude shock, something unpleasant happens unexpectedly.  
ADJ n  
It will come as a rude shock when their salary or income-tax refund cannot be cashed.     
  rudely      adv   ADV with v  
People were awakened rudely by a siren just outside their window.     
4   
    rude awakening  
    awakening  

Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  

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rude  

1    abrupt, abusive, blunt, brusque, cheeky, churlish, curt, discourteous, disrespectful, ill-mannered, impertinent, impolite, impudent, inconsiderate, insolent, insulting, offhand, peremptory, short, uncivil, unmannerly  
2    barbarous, boorish, brutish, coarse, crude, graceless, gross, ignorant, illiterate, loutish, low, oafish, obscene, rough, savage, scurrilous, uncivilized, uncouth, uncultured, uneducated, ungracious, unpolished, unrefined, untutored, vulgar  
3    artless, crude, inartistic, inelegant, makeshift, primitive, raw, rough, rough-hewn, roughly-made, simple  
4    abrupt, harsh, sharp, startling, sudden, unpleasant, violent  
  
Antonyms     
  
1    civil, considerate, cordial, courteous, courtly, decent, gentlemanly, gracious, ladylike, mannerly, polite, respectful, sociable, urbane, well-bred  
2    civilized, cultured, educated, elegant, learned, polished, refined, sophisticated, urbane  
3    artful, even, finished, shapely, smooth, well-made  

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rudely, rue, rudder, rudeness

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
n.
a person who does not care too much about the others, a little rude, assertive
[Fam.]

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