Origin of suavity
- (of persons or their manner, speech, etc.) smoothly agreeable or polite; agreeably or blandly urbane.
Origin of suave
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for suaveness
Gone was the suaveness, the customary polite mockery; it was frank, open, genuinely pleasant.The Passing of Ku Sui
Yet, at the same time, his mood had a charming reality—the suaveness of Andrs Escobar.The Bright Shawl
You see, he is a particularly obnoxious specimen of his race; all suaveness, treachery, and remorseless energy.The Secret House
There was none of the suaveness, the delicate responsiveness of her late host at Porchester House.Peter Ruff and the Double Four
E. Phillips Oppenheim
- (esp of a man) displaying smoothness and sophistication in manner or attitude; urbane
Word Origin and History for suaveness
early 15c., "gracious, kindly," from Middle French suave, from Latin suavis "agreeable," from PIE root *swad- (see sweet). In reference to persons, sense of "smoothly agreeable" first recorded 1815 (in suavity).
c.1400, "pleasantness, delightfulness; kindness, gentleness," from Latin suavitas, from suavis (see suave).