genteel

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Borrowed 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). Doublet of gentle and gentile. See also gens, gender, genus, and generation.

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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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