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urbanity

[ur-ban-i-tee]
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noun, plural ur·ban·i·ties.
  1. the quality of being urbane; refined courtesy or politeness; suavity: He was the last word in urbanity.
  2. urbanities, civilities or amenities.
  3. the quality or state of being urban.
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Origin of urbanity

From the Latin word urbānitās, dating back to 1525–35. See urbane, -ity
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Examples from the Web for urbanity

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  • Despite his visitor's urbanity, he was still a little nervous.

    The Avenger

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • We manage to correct a stranger with urbanity and good humour.

  • His tone had lost a little of its urbanity when he answered.

    Galusha the Magnificent

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • There was no trace of humour or urbanity now in Captain Blood.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Urbanity he practised, not with jest and witticism, but by the courtesy of his demeanour.

    Agesilaus

    Xenophon


British Dictionary definitions for urbanity

urbanity

noun plural -ties
  1. the quality of being urbane
  2. (usually plural) civilities or courtesies
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Word Origin and History for urbanity

n.

1530s, from French urbanité (14c.) or directly from Latin urbanitas, from urbanus (see urban).

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