civility


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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.

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 ?
I pay this particular compliment to Queequeg, because he treated me with so much civility and consideration, while I was guilty of great rudeness; staring at him from the bed, and watching all his toilette motions; for the time my curiosity getting the better of my breeding.
Woodhouse, who had previously made up his mind to walk out, was persuaded by his daughter not to defer it, and was induced by the entreaties of both, though against the scruples of his own civility, to leave Mr.
No results; nothing but a renewal of civility, and a sudden shifting to the subject of the Entertainment.
Upon this, the HURGO and his train withdrew, with much civility and cheerful countenances.
And as the first step, she was to dress herself with care, and receive the Sultan with civility when he visited her next morning.
Those who were appointed for Zeila embarked in a vessel that was going to Caxume, where they were well received by the king, and accommodated with a ship to carry them to Zeila; they were there treated by the check with the same civility which they had met with at Caxume.
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.
All understood the art of speaking fair when a point was to be gained, and could with consummate skill and at a moment's notice turn the cold shoulder the instant civility ceased to be profitable.
Grant's shewing civility to Miss Price, to Lady Bertram's niece, could never want explanation.
Whoever suffered inconvenience, she must suffer none, but it occupied a little time to settle the point of civility between the other two.
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.
The name seemed to strike them all; and, after speaking to her with great civility, the eldest young lady observed aloud to the rest, "How excessively like her brother Miss Morland is