Gentility

Gen*til"i*ty

(?), n. [L. gentilitas the relationship of those who belong to the same clan, also, heathenism: cf. F. gentilit heathenism. See Gentile.]
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1. Good extraction; dignity of birth. Macaulay.
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He . . . mines my gentility with my education.
Shak.
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2. The quality or qualities appropriate to those who are well born, as self-respect, dignity, courage, courtesy, politeness of manner, a graceful and easy mien and behavior, etc.; good breeding.
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3. The class in society who are, or are expected to be, genteel; the gentry. [R.] Sir J. Davies.
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4. Paganism; heathenism. [Obs.] Hooker.
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