gentility

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gen·til·i·ty

 (jĕn-tĭl′ĭ-tē)
n.
1. The quality of being well-mannered; refinement.
2. The condition of being born to the gentry.
3. Persons of high social standing considered as a group.
4. An attempt to convey or maintain the appearance of refinement and elegance.

[Middle English gentilete, nobility of birth, from Old French, from Latin gentīlitās, from gentīlis, of the same clan; see gentle.]

gentility

(dʒɛnˈtɪlɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. respectability and polite good breeding
2. affected politeness
3. noble birth or ancestry
4. people of noble birth
[C14: from Old French gentilite, from Latin gentīlitās relationship of those belonging to the same tribe or family; see gens]

gen•til•i•ty

(dʒɛnˈtɪl ɪ ti)

n.
1. good breeding or refinement.
2. affected or pretentious politeness or elegance.
3. the condition or status of belonging to the gentry.
4. members of polite society collectively; the gentry.
[1300–50; Middle English < Old French < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gentility - elegance by virtue of fineness of manner and expressiongentility - elegance by virtue of fineness of manner and expression
elegance - a refined quality of gracefulness and good taste; "she conveys an aura of elegance and gentility"

gentility

noun refinement, culture, breeding, courtesy, elegance, formality, respectability, cultivation, rank, politeness, good manners, good family, blue blood, good breeding, high birth, courtliness, gentle birth The old woman had an air of gentility about her.

gentility

noun
Translations
تأنُّق شديد، دماثَه
uhlazenost
gode manerer
elõkelõsködés
hæverska; fínheit
manieringumas
manierīgums
kibarlıkzerafet

gentility

[dʒenˈtɪlɪtɪ] N [of person, family] → refinamiento m, elegancia f; [of place] → elegancia f

gentility

[dʒɛnˈtɪlɪti] ndistinction f

gentility

nVornehmheit f

gentility

[dʒɛnˈtɪlɪtɪ] n (see adj) → affettazione f, distinzione f

gentility

(dʒənˈtiləti) noun
good manners, often to too great an extent. She was laughed at for her gentility.
References in classic literature ?
Let him forsake a decent craft that he may pursue the gentilities of a profession to which nature never called him, and his religion will infallibly be the worship of blessed Chance, which he will believe in as the mighty creator of success.
Visions of good and ill breeding, of old vulgarisms and new gentilities, were before her; and she was meditating much upon silver forks, napkins, and finger-glasses.