Amenity



an agreeable way or manner; courtesy; civility:
the graceful amenities of society.
any feature that provides comfort, convenience, or pleasure:
The house has a swimming pool, two fireplaces, and other amenities.
the quality of being pleasing or agreeable in situation, prospect, disposition, etc.; pleasantness:
the amenity of the Caribbean climate.
amenities, lavatory; bathroom: used as a euphemism.
Historical Examples

Perhaps the lack of scissors was the amenity of life whose absence I most deplored.
Caught by the Turks Francis Yeats-Brown

The form of amenity expected from her, in relation to her brother, was not exhibited.
The Amazing Marriage, Complete George Meredith

The amenity, the intelligence, the patience and grace and play of mind and of temper—how charming and individual an exhibition!
The Letters of Henry James, Vol. II Henry James

Every one has some amenity—some sweeter, gentler spot in the character.
The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 1, April, 1851 Various

It was about the only amenity that survived between father and son.
Amaryllis at the Fair Richard Jefferies

Thieving was a courtesy, raiding an amenity in a Grifon, it appeared.
The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay Maurice Hewlett

Major M—— did the presentation with perfect coolness and amenity.
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Vol. 66, No 409, November 1849 Various

Nothing can exceed the luxuriant fancy, the gaiety, the classical elegance, and amenity of some of these groups.
Visits and Sketches at Home and Abroad with Tales and Miscellanies Now First Collected Anna Jameson

Napier was struck by the picture of amenity and cheerfulness presented by the group.
The Messenger Elizabeth Robins

That people who in times of peace treat art as an amenity should feel that this is no time for art is, I suppose, natural.
Pot-Boilers Clive Bell

noun (pl) -ties
(often pl) a useful or pleasant facility or service: a swimming pool was just one of the amenities
the fact or condition of being pleasant or agreeable
(usually pl) a social courtesy or pleasantry
n.

late 14c., “quality of being pleasant or agreeable,” from Old French amenite, from Latin amoenitatem (nominative amoenitas) “delightfulness, pleasantness,” from amoenus “pleasant,” perhaps related to amare “to love” (see Amy).

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