genteel

[jen-teel]
adjective
1.
belonging or suited to polite society.
2.
well-bred or refined; polite; elegant; stylish.
3.
affectedly or pretentiously polite, delicate, etc.

Origin:
1590–1600; < French gentil; see gentle

genteelly, adverb
genteelness, noun
pseudogenteel, adjective
quasi-genteel, adjective
quasi-genteelly, adverb
ungenteel, adjective
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genteel (dʒɛnˈtiːl)
 
adj
1.  affectedly proper or refined; excessively polite
2.  respectable, polite, and well-bred: a genteel old lady
3.  appropriate to polite or fashionable society: genteel behaviour
 
[C16: from French gentil well-born; see gentle]
 
gen'teelly
 
adv
 
gen'teelness
 
n

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genteel
1599, from M.Fr. gentil "nice, graceful, pleasing," from O.Fr. "high-born, noble;" a reborrowing of the word that had early come into Eng. as gentle (q.v.).
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Example sentences
In the genteel world of bridge, disputes are usually handled quietly and rarely
  involve issues of national policy.
Part of the reason that genteel good manners prevailed is that everyone knew
  each other already.
Beneath his genteel demeanor beats the heart of a streetwise original.
But inside, the apartment is genteel and highly recognizable to me.
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