gentility

  • 1 Gentility — Gen*til i*ty, n. [L. gentilitas the relationship of those who belong to the same clan, also, heathenism: cf. F. gentilit[ e] heathenism. See {Gentile}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Good extraction; dignity of birth. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] He . . . mines… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 gentility — index blood, comity, courtesy, decorum, presence (poise), society Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 gentility — mid 14c., gentle birth, from O.Fr. gentilité (14c.) or directly from L. gentilitatem (nom. gentilitas) relationship in the same family or clan, from gentilis (see GENTLE (Cf. gentle)). Meaning state of being gentile is from 1520s …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 gentility — [n] sophistication, cultivation aristocracy, blue blood*, civility, courtesy, courtliness, culture, decorum, elegance, elite, etiquette, flower*, formality, gentle birth*, gentlefolk, gentry, good breeding*, good family*, good manners*, high… …

    New thesaurus

  • 5 gentility — ► NOUN ▪ socially superior or genteel character or behaviour. ORIGIN from Old French gentil high born, noble (see GENTLE(Cf. ↑gently)) …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 gentility — [jen til′i tē] n. pl. gentilities [ME gentilete < OFr < L gentilitas < gentilis: see GENTLE] 1. a) the condition of belonging by birth to the upper classes b) members of the upper class, collectively 2. the quality of being genteel; now …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 gentility — [[t]ʤentɪ̱lɪti[/t]] N UNCOUNT Gentility is the fact or appearance of belonging to a high social class. He surrounds himself with all the trappings of gentility dogs, horses, and fine paintings... The hotel has an air of faded gentility. Syn:… …

    English dictionary

  • 8 gentility — gen|til|i|ty [dʒenˈtılıti] n [U] formal the quality of being polite, gentle, or graceful, and of seeming to belong to a high social class ▪ The hotel had an air of discreet gentility …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 9 gentility — noun (U) formal the quality of appearing to belong to a high social class: her pretensions to gentility …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 gentility — noun an air of old fashioned gentility Syn: refinement, distinction, breeding, sophistication; respectability, punctiliousness, decorum, good manners, politeness, civility, courtesy, graciousness, correctness; affectation, ostentation …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 11 gentility — noun (plural ties) Date: 14th century 1. a. the condition of belonging to the gentry b. gentlefolk, gentry 2. a. (1) decorum of conduct ; courtesy (2) attitudes or activity marked by false delica …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 12 gentility — /jen til i tee/, n. 1. good breeding or refinement. 2. affected or pretentious politeness or elegance. 3. the status of belonging to polite society. 4. members of polite society collectively. [1300 50; ME < OF gentilite < L gentilitat (s. of… …

    Universalium

  • 13 gentility — noun a) The state of being elegant, genteel, having good breeding, or being socially superior. b) The upper classes, the gentry …

    Wiktionary

  • 14 gentility — Synonyms and related words: ancestry, appropriateness, aristocracy, aristocraticalness, becomingness, birth, blood, blue blood, breeding, civility, cultivation, culture, decency, decorousness, decorum, distinction, elegance, elite, felicity,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 15 gentility — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. refinement, elegance; courtesy; nobility. See fashion. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. decorum, propriety, refinement; see behavior 1 , decorum , refinement 3 . III (Roget s 3 Superthesa …

    English dictionary for students

  • 16 gentility — gen|til|i|ty [ dʒen tıləti ] noun uncount 1. ) a polite way of behaving, considered typical of people belonging to a high social class a ) the people who belong to a high social class, thought of as a group 2. ) a false way of behaving that is… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 gentility — gen·til·i·ty || dÊ’en tɪlÉ™tɪ n. quality of being genteel; condition of one who belongs to the upper class …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 18 gentility — [dʒɛn tɪlɪti] noun socially superior or genteel character or behaviour. Origin ME (in the sense honourable birth ): from OFr. gentilite, from gentil (see gentle1) …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 19 gentility — n. Politeness, courtesy, urbanity, good breeding, good behavior, refinement of manners …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 20 gentility — n 1. refinement, good breeding, mannerliness, polished behavior, savoir faire, courtliness, gentlemanliness, gallantry, chivalry, courtesy, politeness, civility, comity, decency; affability, amenity, Fr. prevenance. decorum, propriety, etiquette …

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