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[swah-vi-tee, swav-i-] /ˈswɑ vɪ ti, ˈswæv ɪ-/
noun, plural suavities.
a suave or smoothly agreeable quality.
suavities, suave or courteous actions or manners; amenities.
Also, suaveness.
Origin of suavity
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin suāvitās pleasantness, equivalent to suāv(is) sweet + -itās -ity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He stepped forward and offered his arm, with all the suavity he knew so well.

    The Princess Dehra John Reed Scott
  • They find the modiste, who inspects her new customers and is all suavity.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • Straight on to the broad steps he strode with a suavity of manner quite in keeping with his usual phlegmatic bearing.

    An Oregon Girl Alfred Ernest Rice
  • Smiles and suavity were then dispensed all around by this bright little bird.

  • Take your cue from that, and with all suavity of manner insist as much as you can upon our being so placed.

    Japhet in Search of a Father Frederick Marryat
  • He's got a surface flow of suavity, but he's rough as a hoof-rasp underneath.

    A Son Of The Sun Jack London
  • Her piercing tones, likened by the Tobies to those of a macaw, strove in vain for suavity.

    The Making of a Soul Kathlyn Rhodes
  • "You are excited," he remarked, with a suavity that nearly drove me mad.

  • I proceeded to press my question in a somewhat stronger form, though still with all the suavity at my command.

    No Hero E.W. Hornung
  • Confusion was but food for his smiles, importunity but increased his suavity.

    The Crisis, Complete Winston Churchill
Word Origin and History for suavity

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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