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ur·ban·i·ty

 (ûr-băn′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. ur·ban·i·ties
1. Refinement and elegance of manner; polished courtesy.
2. urbanities Courtesies; civilities.

urbanity

(ɜːˈbænɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. the quality of being urbane
2. (usually plural) civilities or courtesies

ur•ban•i•ty

(ɜrˈbæn ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
the quality of being urbane; refined courtesy or politeness; suavity.
[1525–35; < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.urbanity - polished courtesyurbanity - polished courtesy; elegance of manner
good manners, courtesy - a courteous manner
2.urbanity - the quality or character of life in a city or town; "there is an important difference between rusticity and urbanity"
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
gaucherie, rusticity - the quality of being rustic or gauche

urbanity

noun sophistication, culture, polish, charm, grace, courtesy, elegance, refinement, civility, worldliness, suavity, mannerliness He had all the charm and urbanity of the trained diplomat.

urbanity

noun
Refined, effortless beauty of manner, form, and style:
Translations

urbanity

[ɜːˈbænɪtɪ] Nurbanidad f, cortesía f

urbanity

n (of person, manner)weltmännische Art, Gewandtheit f, → Urbanität f (geh); (= civility)Höflichkeit f; (of manner, words)Verbindlichkeit f
References in classic literature ?
He treated the grim warriors with his usual urbanity.
Their advances were received with great urbanity, but in most instances with that unembarrassed manner that is fatal to hope.
The last thing he heard, just before the end of the summer session, was that Griffiths, urbanity had given way at length under the exasperation of the constant persecution.
The forced urbanity which the Prince had assumed fell away from him without warning.
He would be wanting in wits, senora countess," said the duke, "who did not perceive your worth by your person, for at a glance it may be seen it deserves all the cream of courtesy and flower of polite usage;" and raising her up by the hand he led her to a seat beside the duchess, who likewise received her with great urbanity.
When they reached the house he helped her to get out of the carriage, and making an effort to master himself, took leave of her with his usual urbanity, and uttered that phrase that bound him to nothing; he said that tomorrow he would let her know his decision.
de Bellegarde with the modulated smoothness of the man of the world, and in spite of his excellent English, of the Frenchman; but Newman, at the same time that he sat noting its harmonious flow, perceived that it was not mere mechanical urbanity.
Woodhouse, who being, according to his custom on such occasions, making the circle of his guests, and paying his particular compliments to the ladies, was ending with herand with all his mildest urbanity, said,
As the Count was so indisputably in the right that it was impossible to argue against him, the mob answered only by redoubled clamour and horrible threats, to which the Count opposed the most perfect urbanity.
The features of Mr Vladimir, so well known in the best society by their humorous urbanity, beamed with cynical self-satisfaction, which would have astonished the intelligent women his wit entertained so exquisitely.
Grip having by this time recovered his urbanity, condescended, at Barnaby's solicitation, to repeat his various phrases of speech, and to go through the whole of his performances with the utmost success.
That thick man," he said in a tone of perfect urbanity, "is as fine as a needle.