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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.
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Noun1.genteelness - elegance by virtue of fineness of manner and expressiongenteelness - 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"


Well-mannered behavior toward others:
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(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
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Such genteelness certainly fits into the wider tendency that developed as early as Perrault's revisions to clean up the more disturbing elements of folk tales.
It won because viewers love the clothes, the posh houses and the genteelness of it all.
I'm all for the League's decision to become more aggressive, as I've criticized its genteelness in the past, but the commercial is so melodramatic and manipulative that the League should be ashamed.