shabby-gentility

shabby-genteel

[shab-ee-jen-teel]
adjective
trying to maintain dignity and self-respect despite shabbiness.

Origin:
1745–55

shabby-gentility [shab-ee-jen-til-i-tee] , noun
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shabby-genteel
 
adj
preserving or aspiring to the forms and manners of gentility despite appearing shabby

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