noun, plural com·i·ties.
Origin of comity
British Dictionary definitions for comity of nations (1 of 2)
comity of nations
British Dictionary definitions for comity of nations (2 of 2)
noun plural -ties
Word Origin for comity
Word Origin and History for comity of nations
early 15c., "association," from French comité, from Latin comitas "courtesy, friendliness, kindness, affability," from comis "courteous, friendly, kind," of uncertain origin. Meaning "courtesy" in English is from 1540s. Phrase comity of nations attested from 1862: "The obligation recognized by civilized nations to respect each other's laws and usages as far as their separate interests allow."