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genteel

gen·teel

genteel

 
 
pronunciation:
jen til
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: displaying traits such as refinement and politeness that are traditionally associated with wealth and education.
Genteel behavior is expected from all the young ladies at our school.
synonyms:
civil, courteous, cultivated, elegant, fine, gracious, polished, polite, refined, respectable, urbane, well-bred
antonyms:
uncouth, ungenteel, vulgar
similar words:
aristocratic, chivalrous, comme il faut, debonair, decorous, gentle, noble, patrician, smooth, suave, thoroughbred
definition 2: exaggeratedly or affectedly polite and refined.
Her newly acquired genteel manner irritated those who had known her the longest.
synonyms:
affected, mannered, proper
similar words:
highfalutin, pompous, pretentious, unnatural
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derivations: genteelly (adv.), genteelness (n.)
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