gentilesse

[jen-tl-es, jen-tl-es]

Origin of gentilesse

1300–50; Middle English < Middle French gentillesse, equivalent to gentil (see genteel, gentle) + -esse noun suffix
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gentilesse

noun
  1. archaic politeness or good breeding

Word Origin for gentilesse

C14: from Old French gentillesse; see genteel
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