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amenity

[uh-men-i-tee, uh-mee-ni-] /əˈmɛn ɪ ti, əˈmi nɪ-/
noun, plural amenities.
1.
an agreeable way or manner; courtesy; civility:
the graceful amenities of society.
2.
any feature that provides comfort, convenience, or pleasure:
The house has a swimming pool, two fireplaces, and other amenities.
3.
the quality of being pleasing or agreeable in situation, prospect, disposition, etc.; pleasantness:
the amenity of the Caribbean climate.
4.
amenities, lavatory; bathroom: used as a euphemism.
Origin of amenity
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English amenite < Anglo-French < Latin amoenitās, equivalent to amoen(us) pleasing + -itās -ity
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  • To them the Americans seemed to lack a proper knowledge of the amenities of life.

  • These were the current amenities of his two friends since Dubuche had attended the School of Arts.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • Their fever is fed for months and years by the discomforts and amenities of city life.

    If You're Going to Live in the Country Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley
  • The elder Disraeli has a chapter on this subject in his amenities of Literature.

  • He talked of spring and flowers, quoted poets and added the treasures of a well-stored mind to the amenities of the day.

    The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
British Dictionary definitions for amenities

amenity

/əˈmiːnɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
(often pl) a useful or pleasant facility or service: a swimming pool was just one of the amenities
2.
the fact or condition of being pleasant or agreeable
3.
(usually pl) a social courtesy or pleasantry
Word Origin
C14: from Latin amoenitās pleasantness, from amoenus agreeable
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Word Origin and History for amenities
n.

"creature comforts of a town, house, etc." 1908, plural of amenity. Latin amoena, plural of amoenus, also was used as a noun with a sense of "pleasant places."

amenity

n.

late 14c., "quality of being pleasant or agreeable," from Old French amenite, from Latin amoenitatem (nominative amoenitas) "delightfulness, pleasantness," from amoenus "pleasant," perhaps related to amare "to love" (see Amy).

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