gentility

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French gentilité.

Noun[edit]

gentility (countable and uncountable, plural gentilities)

  1. (uncountable) The state of being elegant, genteel, having good breeding, or being socially superior.
    • 2020 August 12, Tariro Mzezewa; Kim Severson, “Charleston Tourism Is Built on Southern Charm. Locals Say It’s Time to Change.”, in New York Times[1]:
      A powerful visitors’ bureau has pushed the South Carolina city to the top of “best” lists by selling gentility. Critics say that has come at the expense of history and the city’s Black population.
  2. The upper classes, the gentry.

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