Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: adjective

Civil; refined; polite; suave.

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Usage examples "urbane":

  1. Whether dealing with death and immortality, or riches and Socialism, he always contrives to be pungent and interesting and yet urbane, for there is no attempt either at flashy cynicism or cheap epigram.... - "Somehow Good", William de Morgan.
  2. " That," said the urbane Italian, " explains, but does not excuse your conduct." - "Americans and Others", Agnes Repplier.
  3. Among the many contradictions which really almost seem purposely arranged to entrap the unwary in this strangely under- side- up country, is the fact that while the ennobled and those of high official rank are courteous in their attitude and urbane- frequently even to the extent of refusing money from those whom they have obliged, no matter how privately pressed upon them- the low- caste and slavish are not only deficient in obsequiousness, but are permitted to retort openly to those who address them with fitting dignity. - "The Mirror of Kong Ho", Ernest Bramah.