Origin of shabby-genteel
OTHER WORDS FROM shabby-genteelshab·by-gen·til·i·ty [shab-ee-jen-til-i-tee], /ˈʃæb i dʒɛnˈtɪl ɪ ti/, noun
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How to use shabby-genteel in a sentence
We met on the third floor of a shabby building in Asadabad in an impossibly spare room that we dragged cushions into.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley|Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Graterford is a forbidding, shabby, woebegone facility built in 1929.Here’s a Reform Even the Koch Brothers and George Soros Can Agree On|Tina Brown|November 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
These nonchalant brutalities seem at first at odds with the genteel decorum that mostly cloaks late-19th century culture.
It was such a lovely, shabby, many deco building town and completely unexploited.
Champion Hill, where the book is set, is two quiet roads of genteel-looking houses, first settled in the 18th century.Sarah Waters: Queen of the Tortured Lesbian Romance|Tim Teeman|September 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"I bought them boots to wear only when I go into genteel society," said one of the codfish tribe, to a wag, the other day.
The English have too much pride to be tricky or shabby, even in the essentially corrupting relation of buyer and seller.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
The farmer stooped down, and raised the shabby bonnet from the face of the woman to examine her more carefully.The World Before Them|Susanna Moodie
He turned into an alley, down which, nautically speaking, he rolled into a shabby little court.The Garret and the Garden|R.M. Ballantyne
She still wore the shabby lace and the artificial bunch of violets on the side of her head.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin