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Meaning of GENTILITY

Pronunciation:  jen'tilitee

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  elegance by virtue of fineness of manner and expression

GENTILITY is a 9 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: breeding, genteelness
 See Also: elegance



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Gen*til"i*ty\, n. [L. gentilitas the relationship of
those who belong to the same clan, also, heathenism: cf. F.
gentilit['e] heathenism. See {Gentile}.]
1. Good extraction; dignity of birth. --Macaulay.

         He . . . mines my gentility with my education.

2. The quality or qualities appropriate to those who are well
   born, as self-respect, dignity, courage, courtesy,
   politeness of manner, a graceful and easy mien and
   behavior, etc.; good breeding.

3. The class in society who are, or are expected to be,
   genteel; the gentry. [R.] --Sir J. Davies.

4. Paganism; heathenism. [Obs.] --Hooker.

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