gentility

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noun gen·til·i·ty \jen-ˈti-lə-tē\

Definition of gentility

plural

gentilities

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

  2. 2a (1) :  decorum of conduct :  courtesy (2) :  attitudes or activity marked by false delicacy, prudery, or affectationb :  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 English Language Learners

gentility

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noun gen·til·i·ty \jen-ˈti-lə-tē\

Definition of gentility for English Language Learners

  • : high social status

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


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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