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suavity

or suaveness

[swah-vi-tee, swav-i-] /ˈswɑ vɪ ti, ˈswæv ɪ-/
noun, plural suavities.
1.
a suave or smoothly agreeable quality.
2.
suavities, suave or courteous actions or manners; amenities.
Origin of suavity
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin suāvitās pleasantness, equivalent to suāv(is) sweet + -itās -ity

suave

[swahv] /swɑv/
adjective, suaver, suavest.
1.
(of persons or their manner, speech, etc.) smoothly agreeable or polite; agreeably or blandly urbane.
Origin
1495-1505; < French < Latin suāvis sweet
Related forms
suavely, adverb
suaveness, noun
Synonyms
sophisticated, worldly.
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Examples from the Web for suaveness
Historical Examples
  • You see, he is a particularly obnoxious specimen of his race; all suaveness, treachery, and remorseless energy.

    The Secret House Edgar Wallace
  • Gone was the suaveness, the customary polite mockery; it was frank, open, genuinely pleasant.

    The Passing of Ku Sui Anthony Gilmore
  • 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
  • Yet, at the same time, his mood had a charming reality—the suaveness of Andrs Escobar.

    The Bright Shawl Joseph Hergesheimer
British Dictionary definitions for suaveness

suave

/swɑːv/
adjective
1.
(esp of a man) displaying smoothness and sophistication in manner or attitude; urbane
Derived Forms
suavely, adverb
suavity (ˈswɑːvɪtɪ), suaveness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin suāvis sweet
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Word Origin and History for suaveness

suave

adj.

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).

suavity

n.

c.1400, "pleasantness, delightfulness; kindness, gentleness," from Latin suavitas, from suavis (see suave).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for suaveness

suave

adjective

Excellent; fine; cool

noun

Smooth skill; polished adroitness: He has plenty of suave when it comes to girls

verb

: Then I took her off her feet. I suaved her/ I guess old Buck suaved her off her feet (1960s+ Teenagers)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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