The rolling hills of Oxfordshire, a genteel county in southeastern England, make for ideal riding country.
Where Richter took moments in the news and gave them a genteel blur, Fabian Marcaccio goes for gross-out goop instead.
Mischievous, more bite than bark in the sense that it was mordant with minimal rhetoric, Heaney was not genteel.
This racial balancing act makes Belle one of the most genteel yet uncomfortable depictions of racism ever to grace the screen.
These nonchalant brutalities seem at first at odds with the genteel decorum that mostly cloaks late-19th century culture.
Every negro type was there, from the genteel butler to the clodhopper from the cotton and rice fields.
Therefore—a nice, quiet, genteel profession—banking, to wit.
The rider was a gay young man, elegant and genteel in manners.
I read in a book once that it was not genteel to do so, and I couldn't think why.
With her, a smooth face stands for good sense, and a genteel figure for every virtue.
1590s, from Middle French gentil "stylish, fashionable, elegant; nice, graceful, pleasing," from Old French gentil "high-born, noble" (11c.); a reborrowing of the French word that had early come into English as gentle (q.v.), with French pronunciation and stress preserved to emphasize the distinction. Cf. also jaunty; gentile. OED 2nd ed. reports genteel "is now used, except by the ignorant, only in mockery" (a development it dates from the 1840s).