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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for suavity

Historical Examples of suavity

  • Would you advise me to offer you shocks as a sort of vacation from suavity?

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • It is a wonder that your husband has any nerves or patience or suavity left.

    The Wedding Ring

    T. De Witt Talmage

  • They find the modiste, who inspects her new customers and is all suavity.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor

    Amanda Minnie Douglas

  • By his suavity and impudence, he gained control of General Morris.

    Between the Lines

    Henry Bascom Smith

  • The suavity of this pronouncement enfolded all as with a blessing.

    The Island Pharisees

    John Galsworthy

Word Origin and History for suavity

c.1400, "pleasantness, delightfulness; kindness, gentleness," from Latin suavitas, from suavis (see suave).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper