CivilltyCi*vil"l*ty\, n.; pl. Civilities. [L. civilitas: cf. F. civilit['e]. See Civil.]1. The state of society in which the relations and duties of a citizen are recognized and obeyed; a state of civilization. [Obs.] Monarchies have risen from barbarrism to civility, and fallen again to ruin. --Sir J. Davies. The gradual depature of all deeper signification from the word civility has obliged the creation of another word -- civilization. --Trench. 2. A civil office, or a civil process [Obs.] To serve in a civility. --Latimer. 3. Courtesy; politeness; kind attention; good breeding; a polite act or expression. The insolent civility of a proud man is, if possible, more shocking than his rudeness could be. --Chesterfield. The sweet civilities of life. --Dryden. Syn: Urbanity; affability; complaisance.
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