Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or quality of being genteel; gentility.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality of being genteel.

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  • noun The quality of being genteel.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun elegance by virtue of fineness of manner and expression

Etymologies

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genteel +‎ -ness

Examples

  • She's got her mother's good looks and nice manners and -- and kind of genteelness, you understand, and with 'em she's got her dad's sense and capableness.

    Fair Harbor

  • I think that he -- he represents a genteelness in a man that I just don't get a chance to see very often, he and his wife both.

    CNN Transcript May 2, 2009

  • Removing the Talmudic moral complexity and parsing, the Woody Allen angst, the liberal genteelness and conservative embarrassment from the equation, what we really want is to scalp Nazis, burn Nazis, torture Nazis, murder Nazis, brand Nazis like cattlemen brand cows (or God brands Cain) with their very own swastikas, and brutally bash their heads in with baseball bats.

    Rabbi Irwin Kula: Inglorious Basterds, Vengeance and Redemption

  • I think that he -- he represents a genteelness in a man that I don't get a chance to see very often, he and his wife both.

    CNN Transcript Mar 31, 2009

  • When you get to that level of prominence and impact, you give up the right to that sort of genteelness.

    My Tim Russert Article Generates Controversy

  • The proper analysis of theimpact of big players on the political scene is way, WAY too important to give way to genteelness. by

    Libertarian Legacy? Ron Paul's Campaign Manager, 49, Dies Uninsured, Of Pneumonia, Leaving family $400,000 Debt

  • And then, following Cecilia herself, she thanked her aloud all the way down stairs for her genteelness, assuring her she would not fail making it known to her son.

    Cecilia

  • And as to the qualities, immediately agreeable to others, they speak sufficiently for themselves; and he must be unhappy, indeed, either in his own temper, or in his situation and company, who has never perceived the charms of a facetious wit or flowing affability, of a delicate modesty or decent genteelness of address and manner.

    An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals

  • It seems equally superfluous to prove, that the companionable virtues of good manners and wit, decency and genteelness, are more desirable than the contrary qualities.

    An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals

  • There is a manner, a grace, an ease, a genteelness, an I-know-not-what, which some men possess above others, which is very different from external beauty and comeliness, and which, however, catches our affection almost as suddenly and powerfully.

    An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals

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