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civility

[ si-vil-i-tee ]SEE DEFINITION OF civility

Synonyms for civility

  • comity
  • courtesy
  • decorum
  • politeness
  • propriety
  • respect
  • affability
  • amenity
  • compliance
  • tact
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Antonyms for civility

  • bad manners
  • impoliteness
  • rudeness
  • discourtesy
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CIVILITY

If Halbert will let me alone, or treat me with civility, he may be sure that I shall not trouble him.

America, at its best, matches a commitment to principle with a concern for civility.

Civility,” said Lady Montague, “costs nothing and buys everything.

Yet it is a civility which I seldom refuse to anything which wears a cap.

The populace were all civility to him so were the ministers.

I am to woo a man before he will pay me the homage of civility.

Now I understand Mr. Briggs' civility, the tradesmen's reticence.

She continued to treat the duke with civility and to pay him many honors.

He seemed to catch my eye like, and I had to speak out of civility.

His civility prevented him from repeating the other, the bitter part.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "status of a citizen," from Old French civilite (14c.), from Latin civitatem (nominative civitas) "the art of governing; courteousness," from cvilis "relating to a citizen, relating to public life, befitting a citizen; popular, affable, courteous" (see civil). Later especially "good citizenship" (1530s). Also "state of being civilized" (1540s); "behavior proper to civilized persons" (1560s).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR CIVILITY

attention(s)

nouncourtesy
  • amenity
  • assiduities
  • care
  • civility
  • compliment
  • consideration
  • deference
  • gallantry
  • mindfulness
  • politeness
  • regard
  • respect
  • service

condescension

noundisdain, superiority
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