suavity

[ swah-vi-tee, swav-i- ]
/ ˈswɑ vɪ ti, ˈswæv ɪ- /

noun, plural suav·i·ties.

a suave or smoothly agreeable quality.
suavities, suave or courteous actions or manners; amenities.
Also suave·ness.

Origin of suavity

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin suāvitās pleasantness, equivalent to suāv(is) sweet + -itās -ity

Definition for suaveness (2 of 2)

suave

[ swahv ]
/ swɑv /

adjective, suav·er, suav·est.

(of persons or their manner, speech, etc.) smoothly agreeable or polite; agreeably or blandly urbane.

Origin of suave

1495–1505; < French < Latin suāvis sweet

Related forms

suave·ly, adverbsuave·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for suaveness

  • Yet, at the same time, his mood had a charming reality—the suaveness of Andrs Escobar.

    The Bright Shawl|Joseph Hergesheimer
  • Gone was the suaveness, the customary polite mockery; it was frank, open, genuinely pleasant.

    The Passing of Ku Sui|Anthony Gilmore
  • You see, he is a particularly obnoxious specimen of his race; all suaveness, treachery, and remorseless energy.

    The Secret House|Edgar Wallace
  • There was none of the suaveness, the delicate responsiveness of her late host at Porchester House.

    Peter Ruff and the Double Four|E. Phillips Oppenheim

British Dictionary definitions for suaveness

suave

/ (swɑːv) /

adjective

(esp of a man) displaying smoothness and sophistication in manner or attitude; urbane

Derived Forms

suavely, adverbsuavity (ˈswɑːvɪtɪ) or suaveness, noun

Word Origin for suave

C16: from Latin suāvis sweet
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