gentility

[jen-til-i-tee]
noun
1.
good breeding or refinement.
2.
affected or pretentious politeness or elegance.
3.
the status of belonging to polite society.
4.
members of polite society collectively.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English < Old French gentilite < Latin gentīlitāt- (stem of gentīlitās), equivalent to gentīl(is) (see gentle) + -itāt- -ity

ungentility, noun


1. polish, grace, decorum, propriety.
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gentility (dʒɛnˈtɪlɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  respectability and polite good breeding
2.  affected politeness
3.  noble birth or ancestry
4.  people of noble birth
 
[C14: from Old French gentilite, from Latin gentīlitās relationship of those belonging to the same tribe or family; see gens]

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Example sentences
On film she seemed all big dark eyes, dazzling smile and invincible gentility.
His sweet gentility and uncommon wisdom will be greatly missed.
The old red blood and stainless gentility of great poets will be proved by
  their unconstraint.
His is a world devoid of harsh realities, a serene place where gentility is the
  essence of gracious living.
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