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urbanity

[ur-ban-i-tee] /ɜrˈbæn ɪ ti/
noun, plural urbanities.
1.
the quality of being urbane; refined courtesy or politeness; suavity:
He was the last word in urbanity.
2.
urbanities, civilities or amenities.
3.
the quality or state of being urban.
Origin of urbanity
1525-1535
From the Latin word urbānitās, dating back to 1525-35. See urbane, -ity
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  • Despite his visitor's urbanity, he was still a little nervous.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • We manage to correct a stranger with urbanity and good humour.

  • His tone had lost a little of its urbanity when he answered.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • There was no trace of humour or urbanity now in Captain Blood.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • urbanity he practised, not with jest and witticism, but by the courtesy of his demeanour.

    Agesilaus Xenophon
  • The urbanity was not exactly cold enough for George's notions.

    The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Charles James Lever
  • I like lessons in getting on—in other words I suppose you mean in urbanity—from you, Julia!

    The Tragic Muse

    Henry James
  • In other respects, the new family were noted for kindliness and urbanity.

British Dictionary definitions for urbanity

urbanity

/ɜːˈbænɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the quality of being urbane
2.
(usually pl) civilities or courtesies
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Word Origin and History for urbanity
n.

1530s, from French urbanité (14c.) or directly from Latin urbanitas, from urbanus (see urban).

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