What does the word gentility mean?

Usage examples for gentility

  1. In the mean time it was necessary to sacrifice something to gentility, and therefore they sat over their port wine. – Orley Farm by 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 by G. K. Chesterton