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gentility

[ jen-til-i-tee ]SEE DEFINITION OF gentility

Synonyms for gentility

  • aristocracy
  • civility
  • decorum
  • elegance
  • politeness
  • propriety
  • respectability
  • courtesy
  • courtliness
  • culture
  • elite
  • etiquette
  • flower
  • formality
  • gentlefolk
  • gentry
  • nobility
  • polish
  • quality
  • rank
  • refinement
  • society
  • urbanity
  • blue blood
  • gentle birth
  • good breeding
  • good family
  • good manners
  • high birth
  • mannerliness
  • optimacy
  • ruling class
  • upper class
  • upper crust
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Antonyms for gentility

  • bad manners
  • impoliteness
  • rudeness
  • coarseness
  • crudeness
  • roughness
  • rusticity
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GENTILITY

What, in the name of gentility, can you know of fashionable life?

The boy, Leonard Bast, stood at the extreme verge of gentility.

By that road, his progress to the goal of gentility would be smooth and simple.

To me, this was a precious document; it was a patent of gentility at once.

I knew that the gentility of the knock had taken both her and her mother aback.

Now, I must say that is the very tip-top of gentility and politeness.

I have seen in my own family that horrible mixture, Gentility and Poverty.

She was shabbily dressed, with a trace of gentility in clothes and manner.

What they did enjoy was not the flowers themselves but their association with gentility.

Now, it was quiet and gentility, easy-living and refinement.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., "gentle birth," from Old French gentilité (14c.) or directly from Latin gentilitatem (nominative gentilitas) "relationship in the same family or clan," from gentilis (see gentle). Meaning "state of being gentile" is from 1520s.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR GENTILITY

amenity

nounpleasing, agreeable behavior

aristocracy

nounprivileged class, government
  • elite
  • gentility
  • gentry
  • haut monde
  • high society
  • nobility
  • noblesse
  • patricians
  • patriciate
  • peerage
  • society
  • upper class
  • upper crust

courteousness

nouncourtesy
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