mutual courtesy; civility.
Also called comity of nations. courtesy between nations, as in respect shown by one country for the laws, judicial decisions, and institutions of another.
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How to use comity in a sentence
In a Senate famed for its comity, this was the equivalent of unleashing an airhorn inside an oboe recital.Why Joe Manchin Does Not Care if His Party Hates Him | Philip Elliott | July 19, 2022 | Time
The biggest danger from Rogozin’s latest threat is not to the station itself, but to the international comity that has kept the giant outpost flying for the past 24 years.More Cosmic Saber-Rattling From Russia's Space Boss | Jeffrey Kluger | May 6, 2022 | Time
There are signs, for instance, that trust in institutions continues to fade and comity is a fleeting commodity.Twenty Years of Data Show How America Changed — And Stayed the Same — After 9/11 | Philip Elliott | September 10, 2021 | Time
A truly inclusive country cannot be built by appealing to a largely mythic past of comity and unity.The long history of American Nazism — and why we can’t forget it today | Ronald Granieri, Susan MacNeal | July 13, 2021 | Washington Post
Progressive activists who are looking at Washington and questioning whether the Beltway wisdom of moderation, compromise and comity makes sense in Richmond.It’s Eerily Like 2009 in Virginia’s Gubernatorial Primary | Philip Elliott | June 8, 2021 | Time
And the newfound comity in Congress might ease the path for raising the debt ceiling early next year with a minimum of drama.With the Ryan-Murray Deal, Washington Stops Hurting the Economy | Daniel Gross | December 11, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Republicans have pushed every procedural edge as a minority, undermining the basic trust and comity of the institution.John McCain to the Rescue as Senate Deal Breaks Nominee Logjam | Eleanor Clift | July 17, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
But... There are one or two matters we need to clear up, in the interests of transatlantic comity.
Since greed tended to prevail over comity, the Great Plains bred depressives and sociopaths.
Part of the reason for the comity in the wake of Sandy is that they have been co-captaining the same ship for quite a while now.In Sandy’s Aftermath, Chris Christie, Andrew Cuomo Make Unlikely Team | David Freedlander | November 30, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
When shall we see some real comity of nations in these matters of international marriage and divorce?Marriage la mode | Mrs. Humphry Ward
A comity iv ladies wud make Congress repeal th' ten commandments.Mr. Dooley Says | Finley Dunne
They'd been there befure an' dhriven th' Demon Rum fr'm th' resthrant into a lair in th' comity room.Mr. Dooley Says | Finley Dunne
We found them, wherever they were encountered, a people of friendly manners and comity.Summary Narrative of an Exploratory Expedition to the Sources of the Mississippi River, in 1820 | Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
Nothing so bold had ever been attempted since Christendom had 254 grown into the comity of nations it now was.The Makers of Modern Rome | Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
British Dictionary definitions for comity
mutual civility; courtesy
short for comity of nations
the policy whereby one religious denomination refrains from proselytizing the members of another
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