[swah-vi-tee, swav-i-]

noun, plural suav·i·ties.

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

Nearby words

  1. suasive,
  2. suasively,
  3. suasory,
  4. suave,
  5. suaviter in modo, fortiter in re,
  6. sub,
  7. sub judice,
  8. sub rosa,
  9. sub verbo,
  10. sub voce

Also suave·ness.

Origin of suavity

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



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 formssuave·ly, adverbsuave·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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



(esp of a man) displaying smoothness and sophistication in manner or attitude; urbane
Derived Formssuavely, adverbsuavity (ˈswɑːvɪtɪ) or suaveness, noun

Word Origin for suave

C16: from Latin suāvis sweet

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Word Origin and History for suaveness
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