Noun(1) elegance by virtue of fineness of manner and expression
(1) While literacy is associated with inherent gentility in a colonial space where social standards are in flux, literacy does not have the same currency for the governess back home in Britain.(2) With suit pressed and vacuous smile, he remains the image of gentility : he is privileged, sheltered and supported from the realities of engaging with the world.(3) Meanwhile, music for the home centred on the piano, which was now the quintessential domestic instrument, badge of female gentility and social respectability.(4) Chintz armchairs and couch, and a walnut sideboard with light-catching decanters and a crystal fruit bowl on lace, completed to the air of polite gentility .(5) her grandmother's pretensions to gentility(6) These dealers were usually people of independent means, and a certain reticent gentility hovered over their dealings.(7) Clerks were continually chided for carrying themselves with a pretence of gentility in their dress, but clerks had little choice in the matter.(8) Eschewing the ostentatious gentility of readers, who enjoy parading their superficial knowledge, she pursues her intellectual work without need of an audience.(9) Those of high social standing and sufficient leisure could cultivate their person ├ö├ç├┐as a work of art├ö├ç├û in which expression and gesture became indexes of gentility and civilite.(10) Increasingly a biological definition of gentility was being challenged and surpassed by a cultural one, which allowed an expanding middling order access, through an appropriate use of their wealth, to social kudos.(11) The square looks in on itself, exuding an air of imperturbable gentility .(12) The diversity of his choices reflects the desire of his patrons to surround themselves with the trappings of culture and gentility that at the time were equated with European antiques.(13) How reassuring it is, to know that our governing party staffs its conferences with persons of such gentility , good sense, and tact.(14) Doing so, she challenges conceptions of gender, race, gentility , and commodity culture that were already in flux after the war.(15) He liked to prick the bubble of their gentility by doing things like that.(16) Since any ill-bred person threatened to undermine everyone else's claims to gentility , such rudeness had to be banned from polite social intercourse.
(1) gentility :: agamalu
1. refinement ::
2. distinction ::
3. breeding ::
4. sophistication ::
7. decorum ::
8. good manners ::
10. civility ::
11. courtesy ::
14. affectation ::
15. ostentation ::
1. incivility ::
le le mafaufau
2. rudeness ::
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