genteelly

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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