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gentility

noun gen·til·i·ty \jen-ˈti-lə-tē\

: high social status

: a quietly appealing and polite quality or manner : a genteel quality or manner

plural gen·til·i·ties

Full Definition of GENTILITY

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 delicacy, prudery, or affectation
b :  superior social status or prestige evidenced by manners, possessions, or mode of life

Examples of GENTILITY

  1. Education was considered a mark of gentility.
  2. <was full of the same gentility and grace that marked the rest of the family>

First Known Use of GENTILITY

14th century

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