gentility

noun gen·til·i·ty \ jen-ˈti-lə-tē \
Updated on: 19 Apr 2018

Definition of gentility

plural gentilities
1 a : the condition of belonging to the 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 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

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First Known Use of gentility

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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GENTILITY Defined for English Language Learners

gentility

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

noun gen·til·i·ty \ jen-ˈti-lə-tē \

Definition of gentility for Students

1 : high social status
2 : a quality of elegance and politeness
  • It was totally unlike them, this lapse from gentility
  • —Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting


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