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[jen-til-i-tee] /dʒɛnˈtɪl ɪ ti/

good breeding or refinement.
affected or pretentious politeness or elegance.
the status of belonging to polite society.
members of polite society collectively.
noun (pl) -ties
respectability and polite good breeding
affected politeness
noble birth or ancestry
people of noble birth

mid-14c., “gentle birth,” from Old French gentilité (14c.) or directly from Latin gentilitatem (nominative gentilitas) “relationship in the same family or clan,” from gentilis (see gentle). Meaning “state of being gentile” is from 1520s.


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