affability

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Etymology[edit]

affable +‎ -ity

Noun[edit]

affability (countable and uncountable, plural affabilities)

  1. The state or quality of being affable, friendly, or approachable.
    • c. 1599, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act II, Scene 1,[1]
      O conspiracy,
      Shamest thou to show thy dangerous brow by night,
      When evils are most free? O, then by day
      Where wilt thou find a cavern dark enough
      To mask thy monstrous visage? Seek none, conspiracy;
      Hide it in smiles and affability:
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, Dublin: John Smith, Volume 3, Book 16, Chapter 3, p. 191,[2]
      The Landlady [] was not without some Concern for the Confinement of poor Sophia, of whose great Sweetness of Temper and Affability the Maid of the House had made so favourable a Report, which was confirmed by all the Squire’s Servants []
    • 1847, Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre, London: Smith, Elder, Volume 1, Chapter 14, p. 251,[3]
      [] he would sometimes pass me haughtily and coldly, just acknowledging my presence by a distant nod or a cool glance, and sometimes bow and smile with gentlemanlike affability.
    • 1938, C. L. R. James, The Black Jacobins, New York: Vintage, 1989, Chapter 11, p. 251,[4]
      He [Toussaint L'Ouverture] knew how to listen to a subordinate officer with dignity and yet with affability.

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