Civility

Ci*vil"i*ty

(?), n.;
pl. Civilities (#).
[L. civilitas: cf. F. civilit. See Civil.] 1. The state of society in which the relations and duties of a citizen are recognized and obeyed; a state of civilization. [Obs.]
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Monarchies have risen from barbarrism to civility, and fallen again to ruin.
Sir J. Davies.
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The gradual depature of all deeper signification from the word civility has obliged the creation of another word -- civilization.
Trench.
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2. A civil office, or a civil process [Obs.]
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To serve in a civility.
Latimer.
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3. Courtesy; politeness; kind attention; good breeding; a polite act or expression.
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The insolent civility of a proud man is, if possible, more shocking than his rudeness could be.
Chesterfield.
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The sweet civilities of life.
Dryden.

Syn. -- Urbanity; affability; complaisance.
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