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gentility

[jen-til-i-tee] /dʒɛnˈtɪl ɪ ti/
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
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Old French gentilite < Latin gentīlitāt- (stem of gentīlitās), equivalent to gentīl(is) (see gentle) + -itāt- -ity
Related forms
ungentility, noun
Synonyms
1. polish, grace, decorum, propriety.
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gentility

/dʒɛnˈtɪlɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
respectability and polite good breeding
2.
affected politeness
3.
noble birth or ancestry
4.
people of noble birth
Word Origin
C14: from Old French gentilite, from Latin gentīlitās relationship of those belonging to the same tribe or family; see gens
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Word Origin and History for un gentility

gentility

n.

mid-14c., "gentle birth," from Old French gentilité (14c.) or directly from Latin gentilitatem (nominative gentilitas) "relationship in the same family or clan," from gentilis (see gentle). Meaning "state of being gentile" is from 1520s.

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