gentility

Part of speech: noun

The quality of being genteel; exclusiveness.

Part of speech: noun

Dignity of birth.

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Usage examples "gentility":

  1. In the mean time it was necessary to sacrifice something to gentility, and therefore they sat over their port wine. - "Orley Farm", Anthony Trollope.
  2. It is no longer adequate to say that Dickens did not understand that old world of gentility, of parliamentary politeness and the balance of the constitution. - "Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens", G. K. Chesterton.
  3. Sufficient of the old Adam of gentility still remained to prevent him picturing the final tableau. - "No Man's Land", H. C. McNeile.