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gentility

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noun, gen·til·i·ty \jen-ˈti-lə-tē\

Simple Definition of gentility

  • : high social status

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of gentility

plural gentilities

  1. 1 a :  the condition of belonging to the gentry b :  gentlefolk, gentry

  2. 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 in a sentence

  1. Education was considered a mark of gentility.

  2. <was full of the same gentility and grace that marked the rest of the family>



14th Century

First Known Use of gentility

14th century


GENTILITY Defined for Kids

gentility

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noun gen·til·i·ty \jen-ˈti-lə-tē\

Definition of gentility for Students

  1. 1 :  high social status

  2. 2 :  a quality of elegance and politeness <It was totally unlike them, this lapse from gentility … — Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting>





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