Definitions for genteeldʒɛnˈtil
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civilized, civilised, cultivated, cultured, genteel, polite(adj)
marked by refinement in taste and manners
"cultivated speech"; "cultured Bostonians"; "cultured tastes"; "a genteel old lady"; "polite society"
Polite and well-mannered.
Stylish or elegant.
Origin: From gentil
possessing or exhibiting the qualities popularly regarded as belonging to high birth and breeding; free from vulgarity, or lowness of taste or behavior; adapted to a refined or cultivated taste; polite; well-bred; as, genteel company, manners, address
graceful in mien or form; elegant in appearance, dress, or manner; as, the lady has a genteel person. Law
suited to the position of lady or a gentleman; as, to live in a genteel allowance
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A good bookshop is just a genteel Black Hole that knows how to read.
Dialect words are those terrible marks of the beast to the truly genteel.
The liberal holds that he is true to the republic when he is true to himself. (It may not be as cozy an attitude as it sounds.) He greets with enthusiasm the fact of the journey, as a dog greets a man's invitation to take a walk. And he acts in the dog's way too, swinging wide, racing ahead, doubling back, covering many miles of territory that the man never traverses, all in the spirit of inquiry and the zest for truth. He leaves a crazy trail, but he ranges far beyond the genteel old party he walks with and he is usually in a better position to discover a skunk.
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