Civilities


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ci·vil·i·ty

 (sĭ-vĭl′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. ci·vil·i·ties
1. Courteous behavior; politeness.
2. A courteous act or utterance.
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Civilities   
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In the course of these civilities, a few sentences were exchanged, that served to establish the appearance of an amicable intercourse between the parties.
Augustine was glad in his heart that he had married so undiscerning a woman; but as the glosses and civilities of the honeymoon wore away, he discovered that a beautiful young woman, who has lived all her life to be caressed and waited on, might prove quite a hard mistress in domestic life.
The same civilities and courtesies, the same success and satisfaction, took place on the morrow, and accompanied the whole progress of the picture, which was rapid and happy.
I felt rather confused at being the object of more attention than I had ever before received, and, that too, shown by my employer and superior; but as she did not herself seem to consider she was doing anything out of her place, I thought it better to take her civilities quietly.
He glanced over the back of the bench, dilating his nostrils, and thought as little of exchanging civilities with me as with my companion the cat.
How can you go on as if it was all settled and arranged, Peggotty, when I tell you over and over again, you cruel thing, that beyond the commonest civilities nothing has passed
The emperor of Blefuscu, having taken three days to consult, returned an answer consisting of many civilities and excuses.