genteel

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Etymology[edit]

From French gentil(gentile), from Latin gentīlis(of or belonging to the same people or nation), from gēns(clan; tribe; people, family) + adjective suffix -īlis(-ile). See also gens, gender, genus, and generation.

Adjective[edit]

genteel ‎(comparative more genteel, superlative most genteel)

  1. Affectedly proper or refined; somewhat prudish refinement; excessively polite.
  2. Polite and well-mannered.
  3. Stylish or elegant.
  4. Aristocratic

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