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From French aménité, from Latin amoenitās (“pleasantness, delightfulness”), from amoenus (“pleasant, delightful”).
amenities pl (plural only)
- The quality of being pleasant or agreeable, whether in respect to situation, climate, manners, disposition etc.
- Synonyms: pleasantness, civility, suavity, gentleness
- 1917, Arthur Conan Doyle, "His Last Bow":
- "I trust that you are as comfortable as circumstances permit," said Holmes when the final arrangements were made. "Should I be guilty of a liberty if I lit a cigar and placed it between your lips?"
- But all amenities were wasted upon the angry German.
- 1934, Rex Stout, Fer-de-Lance, 1992 Bantam edition, →ISBN, page 24:
- When we got to Sullivan Street Mrs. Ricci was waiting in front with a glare in her eye that made me decide not to stop for any amenities.