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n. pl. ci·vil·i·ties
1. Courteous behavior; politeness.
2. A courteous act or utterance.
References in classic literature ?
The Cock, suspecting his civilities, said: "Sir, I wish you would do me the favor of going around to the hollow trunk below me, and waking my porter, so that he may open the door and let you in." When the Fox approached the tree, the Dog sprang out and caught him, and tore him to pieces.
Woodhouse, of whose friendly civilities he should ever retain a grateful sense and had Mr.
Miss Tilney was earnest, though gentle, in her secondary civilities, and the affair became in a few minutes as nearly settled as this necessary reference to Fullerton would allow.