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gen·teel

 (jĕn-tēl′)
adj.
1. Refined or polite, often in an affected way: "Who better to domesticate him than the most genteel woman in the world? What better to housebreak him than ... a delicate actress with beautiful diction for his wife?" (Philip Roth). See Synonyms at polite.
2. Typical or characteristic of the upper class: "His family background was somewhat less genteel than his Brahmin name and Harvard pedigree might suggest" (Scot French).
3. Elegantly stylish or fashionable: genteel manners and appearance.

[French gentil, from Old French; see gentle.]

gen·teel′ly adv.
gen·teel′ness n.

genteel

(dʒɛnˈtiːl)
adj
1. affectedly proper or refined; excessively polite
2. respectable, polite, and well-bred: a genteel old lady.
3. appropriate to polite or fashionable society: genteel behaviour.
[C16: from French gentil well-born; see gentle]
genˈteelly adv
genˈteelness n

gen•teel

(dʒɛnˈtil)

adj.
1. belonging or suited to polite society.
2. well-bred; polite; elegant.
3. affectedly polite or delicate.
[1590–1600; < Middle French gentil; see gentle]
gen•teel′ly, adv.
gen•teel′ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.genteel - marked by refinement in taste and manners; "cultivated speech"; "cultured Bostonians"; "cultured tastes"; "a genteel old lady"; "polite society"
refined - (used of persons and their behavior) cultivated and genteel; "she was delicate and refined and unused to hardship"; "refined people with refined taste"

genteel

genteel

adjective
1. Characterized by good manners:
2. Marked by excessive concern for propriety and good form:
Translations
أنيق جِدّا
přepjatýuhlazený
fornem
góîborgaralegur; tilgerîarlegur
gerai išauklėtasgeros manierosgerų manierų
pārsmalcināts
aşırı kibarçıtkırıldım

genteel

[dʒenˈtiːl] ADJ
1. (= middle-class) [person] → elegante, refinado; [manners] → refinado, fino; [atmosphere] → elegante
a genteel resort on the south coastun elegante centro turístico de la costa del sur
to live in genteel povertyvivir modestamente pero con dignidad
2. (pej) (= affected) → afectado

genteel

[dʒɛnˈtiːl] adj
[person] → distingué(e)
[place] → raffiné(e)

genteel

adj
(= refined) person, institution, atmosphere, placevornehm; family, mannersvornehm, fein; to live in genteel povertyarm, aber vornehm leben ? shabby
(= overpolite)geziert; (= euphemistic) term, languagebeschönigend
n the genteel pl (form)die Vornehmen pl

genteel

[dʒɛnˈtiːl] adj (affectedly polite) → affettato/a; (old) (refined) → distinto/a, raffinato/a

genteel

(dʒənˈtiːl) adjective
acting, talking etc with a very great (often too great) attention to the rules of polite behaviour. She was laughed at for being too genteel.
genˈteelly adverb
genˈteelness noun
References in classic literature ?
Shrouded in a thick veil and armed with a genteel traveling basket, she departed, feeling that a cool drive would soothe her ruffled spirit and fit her for the labors of the day.
When she first came to this country, Frances, and had that genteel old man to watch over her, she was as pretty a girl as ever I saw.
Though I cannot tell why it was exactly that those stage managers, the Fates, put me down for this shabby part of a whaling voyage, when others were set down for magnificent parts in high tragedies, and short and easy parts in genteel comedies, and jolly parts in farces --though I cannot tell why this was exactly; yet, now that I recall all the circumstances, I think I can see a little into the springs and motives which being cunningly presented to me under various disguises, induced me to set about performing the part I did, besides cajoling me into the delusion that it was a choice resulting from my own unbiased freewill and discriminating judgment.
So am I, my boy; but he has to thank you more than me; we must now be looking out for a quiet, genteel place for him, where he will be valued.
It had a genteel appearance, and a well-dressed, gentlemanly man sat on the seat, with a colored servant driving.
Maybe I'd be more genteel inside, and then I wouldn't have to be jumped down and my clothes fly up, but could open the door and step down like a lady passenger.
To be sure," said Harriet, in a mortified voice, "he is not so genteel as real gentlemen.
The law was allowed to be genteel enough; many young men, who had chambers in the Temple, made a very good appearance in the first circles, and drove about town in very knowing gigs.
Again I reflected: I scarcely knew what school was: Bessie sometimes spoke of it as a place where young ladies sat in the stocks, wore backboards, and were expected to be exceedingly genteel and precise: John Reed hated his school, and abused his master; but John Reed's tastes were no rule for mine, and if Bessie's accounts of school-discipline (gathered from the young ladies of a family where she had lived before coming to Gateshead) were somewhat appalling, her details of certain accomplishments attained by these same young ladies were, I thought, equally attractive.
My lord, with forty thousand a year; Sir John, with property in half a dozen counties -- those are the men who never forgive the genteel beggar for swindling them out of a sovereign; those are the men who send for the mendicity officers; those are the men who take care of their money.
Barsad paid for what he had drunk, and took his leave: taking occasion to say, in a genteel manner, before he departed, that he looked forward to the pleasure of seeing Monsieur and Madame Defarge again.
This,' said the stranger, with a certain condescending roll in his voice, and a certain indescribable air of doing something genteel, which impressed me very much, 'is Master Copperfield.