civility


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

ci·vil·i·ty

 (sĭ-vĭl′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. ci·vil·i·ties
1. Courteous behavior; politeness.
2. A courteous act or utterance.

civility

(sɪˈvɪlɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. politeness or courtesy, esp when formal
2. (often plural) an act of politeness

ci•vil•i•ty

(sɪˈvɪl ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. courtesy; politeness.
2. a polite action or expression.
3. Archaic. civilization; culture; good breeding.
[1350–1400; Middle English civilite < Middle French < Latin cīvīlitās courtesy. See civil, -ity]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.civility - formal or perfunctory politenesscivility - formal or perfunctory politeness  
good manners, courtesy - a courteous manner
incivility - deliberate discourtesy
2.civility - the act of showing regard for others
action - something done (usually as opposed to something said); "there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions"
courtesy - a courteous or respectful or considerate act
deference, respect - a courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard; "his deference to her wishes was very flattering"; "be sure to give my respects to the dean"
devoir - formal expression of respect

civility

noun politeness, consideration, courtesy, tact, good manners, graciousness, cordiality, affability, amiability, politesse, complaisance, courteousness Most people treat each other with at least some civility.
Quotations
"Civility costs nothing and buys everything" [Mary Wortley Montagu Letter to her daughter]
Proverbs
"A civil question deserves a civil answer"

civility

noun
1. Well-mannered behavior toward others:
2. A courteous act or courteous acts that contribute to smoothness and ease in dealings and social relationships
amenity (used in plural), courtesy, pleasantry, politeness, propriety (used in plural).
Translations
أَدَب، تأدُّب
zdvořilost
høflighed
kurteisi

civility

[sɪˈvɪlɪtɪ] N
1. (= politeness) → cortesía f, amabilidad f
2. (usu pl) (= polite remark) → cortesía f, cumplido m

civility

[sɪˈvɪlɪti] ncourtoisie f

civility

nHöflichkeit f

civility

[sɪˈvɪlɪtɪ] ngentilezza

civil

(ˈsivl) adjective
1. polite, courteous.
2. of the state or community. civil rights.
3. ordinary; not military or religious. civil life.
4. concerned with law cases which are not criminal.
civilian (siˈviljən) noun
a person who has a civil job, not in the armed forces.
civility (siˈviləti) noun
politeness. Treat strangers with civility.
ˈcivilly adverb
politely.
ˌcivil deˈfence noun
(American civil defense) the organization responsible for protection of civilians from enemy bombing etc and for rescue operations after such attacks.
ˌcivil disoˈbedience noun
a refusal by a large number of people to pay taxes or obey certain laws in a nonviolent way in order to protest against the government, its policies etc.
civil engineerengineercivil liberties/rights
the rights of a citizen according to the law of the country.
civil servant
a member of the civil service.
civil service
the organization which runs the administration of a state.
civil war
(a) war between citizens of the same state. the American Civil War.
References in classic literature ?
Resentment could not have been more plainly spoken than in a civility to her father, from which she was so pointedly excluded.
The entrance of her father put a stop to the civility, which Catherine was beginning to hope might introduce a desire of their corresponding.
I must, therefore, beg that hereafter all familiar intercourse may cease between us; and if I still continue to treat you with civility, as if you were a woman worthy of consideration and respect, understand that it is out of regard for your cousin Milicent's feelings, not for yours.
Huntingdon's sake,' said I, observing the dawn of a malicious smile of triumph on her face - 'you are welcome to him, if you like him, as far as I am concerned - but because it is painful to be always disguising my true sentiments respecting you, and straining to keep up an appearance of civility and respect towards one for whom I have not the most distant shadow of esteem; and because, if you stay, your conduct cannot possibly remain concealed much longer from the only two persons in the house who do not know it already.
Jones answered all his questions with much civility, though he never remembered to have seen the petty-fogger before; and though he concluded, from the outward appearance and behaviour of the man, that he usurped a freedom with his betters, to which he was by no means intitled.
He did indeed account somewhat unfairly for this sudden change; for besides some hard and unjust surmises concerning female fickleness and mutability, he began to suspect that he owed this want of civility to his want of horses; a sort of animals which, as they dirty no sheets, are thought in inns to pay better for their beds than their riders, and are therefore considered as the more desirable company; but Mrs Whitefield, to do her justice, had a much more liberal way of thinking.
Miss Bingley's civility to Elizabeth increased at last very rapidly, as well as her affection for Jane; and when they parted, after assuring the latter of the pleasure it would always give her to see her either at Longbourn or Netherfield, and embracing her most tenderly, she even shook hands with the former.
Some praises come of good wishes and respects, which is a form due, in civility, to kings and great persons, laudando praecipere, when by telling men what they are, they represent to them, what they should be.
To atone for this conduct therefore, Elinor took immediate possession of the post of civility which she had assigned herself, behaved with the greatest attention to Mrs.
She instantly saw that it was not unnoticed by him, that he even observed Marianne as she quitted the room, with such astonishment and concern, as hardly left him the recollection of what civility demanded towards herself.
Joining forces, we can ensure that civility emerges once again as the glue that binds, repairs and strengthens our Democratic nation.
Following a particularly divisive summer in Washington and around the country, Senator Hatch is renewing his commitment to civility, calling for greater unity and respect through traditional media, social media, newsletters, and letters to Utahns.