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suavity

[swah-vi-tee, swav-i-] /ˈswɑ vɪ ti, ˈswæv ɪ-/
noun, plural suavities.
1.
a suave or smoothly agreeable quality.
2.
suavities, suave or courteous actions or manners; amenities.
Also, suaveness.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin suāvitās pleasantness, equivalent to suāv(is) sweet + -itās -ity
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  • He's a well-dressed thug with a protective coat of suavity.
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  • It is a radical defect for which no degree of literary attainments or suavity of manners can compensate.
Word Origin and History for suavity
n.

c.1400, "pleasantness, delightfulness; kindness, gentleness," from Latin suavitas, from suavis (see suave).

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