Was there ever anything so genteelly turned—so terse—so sharp—and the point so stinging and so true?
It is the most difficult of all languages to be wicked in—genteelly wicked, at least.
In those days it was respectable to be genteelly poor, and starve rather than work and live on the fat of the land.
"Poor old Spot," she murmured, disengaging her lips from a cobweb as genteelly as possible.
What they may do hereafter, under a triple tree, is much expected; but they live very civilly and genteelly among us.
She places herself at the table after what she conceives to be the manner of the genteelly gluttonous; then she quakes a little.
It's the only one I've got, but I'm goin' to spend it 'spectably and genteelly.
The fellows in the smock frocks threw off their disguises, and proved to be two genteelly dressed waiters from one of the inns.
He was a good-looking young man, apparently about five and twenty, genteelly dressed, with a Montero cap on his head.
“If the claim goes through, the De Willoughby family will be very wealthy,” she said, genteelly.
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).