gentility

[ jen-til-i-tee ]
/ dʒɛnˈtɪl ɪ ti /

noun

good breeding or refinement.
affected or pretentious politeness or elegance.
the status of belonging to polite society.
members of polite society collectively.

Origin of gentility

1300–50; Middle English < Old French gentilite < Latin gentīlitāt- (stem of gentīlitās), equivalent to gentīl(is) (see gentle) + -itāt- -ity

Related forms

un·gen·til·i·ty, noun
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gentility

/ (dʒɛnˈtɪlɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

respectability and polite good breeding
affected politeness
noble birth or ancestry
people of noble birth

Word Origin for gentility

C14: from Old French gentilite, from Latin gentīlitās relationship of those belonging to the same tribe or family; see gens
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